Precision medicine has been
a buzzword in health care circles for years now. A federal effort called the
Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) was launched in 2015 to enable a new era of
medicine through research, technology, and policies that empower patients,
researchers, and providers to work together toward development of
individualized care. As a part of the PMI, the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) is poised to launch a new major research effort that will make
precision medicine a reality.
NAHN is one of the program's partners, bringing diversity and reach to the All of Us efforts.
The All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll one million or
more participants who will share their health information and begin a new era
in medical research and treatment.
The All of Us Research Program is not one single health study; it will be a database researchers can use to run thousands of health studies. The data collected can be used by any researcher in the U.S. and around the world, as long as they follow strict privacy and security rules. We hope that researchers will use this data to achieve a wide range of medical breakthroughs that can lead to individualized care and improve health for future generations.
Two major goals set this NIH effort apart from typical medical research. First, they aim to have 50 percent of participants from racial and ethnic minority communities. Second, they aim to have 75 percent of participants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in research. Achieving these goals will require significant effort to build trust, overcome barriers, and work with participants as true partners in research.
- All of Us supports community-based researchers in their pursuit of better understanding health and treating disease. Through vigorous research from diverse communities and research initiatives, we can band together in ensuring the benefits of personalized and precision medicine are available to everyone living in the United States.
Health care providers have a critical role to play in this endeavor. Based on our commitment to reducing health disparities and expanding participation in clinical research, NAHN is excited to help spread the word about this program and ensure that our members are educated about its promise and accomplishments over time.
The program To learn more about the program, including what it means to be a participant, please visit https://allofus.nih.gov/.
The All of Us (AoU) Program, specifically in Latino communities in the following launching sites:
- Birmingham, AL
- Chicago, IL
- Detroit, MI
- Kansas City, MO
- New York City, NY
- Pasco, WA