All of Us New England celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of the All of Us Research Program by bringing the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey bus to Boston, giving the community and visitors a firsthand look into how the national research program works, and why it is so critical to the advancement of medicine, particularly for patients from underrepresented communities.
The All of Us Research Program, part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015, is a landmark medical research program that aims to gather health data from one million or more people to accelerate research and improve health. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions.
All of Us New England is led by Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center.
“Having broad participation in research is critical to making sure medical treatments are developed for diverse groups,” said Cheryl Clark, MD, ScD, a physician researcher from Brigham and Women’s Hospital with the All of Us Program. “Creating opportunities like the Journey bus visit gives us a chance to discuss these important issues in public spaces so that everyone can participate in the conversation and understand the value of this collaborative undertaking.”
All of Us aims to engage a community of participants that reflects the diversity of America, including many people who haven’t taken part in medical research before.
By improving precision medicine, the goal is to eliminate the health disparities that minority communities currently face due to gaps in participation in medical research for these underrepresented communities.
“All of Us is one of the most important and far-reaching research initiatives of our time,” said George O’Connor, MD, director of the Adult Asthma Program at Boston Medical Center and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. “As this traveling exhibit shows, what makes All of Us unique is the engagement of a diverse patient population, which has been traditionally underrepresented in research. All of Us
will help participants learn more about their own health and contribute in a significant way toward a healthier future in every community.”
The All of Us program welcomes adult participants, both healthy and sick, of all backgrounds and walks of life, from all regions of the United States. To date, the program has enrolled nearly 190,000 participants and nearly 13,000 from New England. Seventy-five percent of the total participants are from underrepresented biological communities.
To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, including what it means to be a participant, please visit JoinAllofUs.org or visit one of these enrollment sites to join:
• Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Massachusetts General Hospital
• Boston Medical Center
• Newton-Wellesley Hospital
• Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
• BWH Brookside Community Health Center
• Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
• MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
• MGH Revere HealthCare Center
• Codman Square Health Center
• DotHouse Health Center
• North Shore Medical Center (coming soon)