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All Of Us Research Program

by Kristen Hogan | Apr 01, 2021

The YMCA of the Capital Area is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program to raise awareness about the importance of participation in research. The Y will be providing outreach, education, and awareness services to promote the research program in our local community to create a better health for all.  

The All of Us Research Program aims to collect data from one million or more people that reflect the diversity of the United States to make accessing data easier for researchers. Partnerships like this one with the YMCA will help All of Usengage individuals who have been long excluded from biomedical research, creating one of the most robust and diverse data resources for scientists to turn to. 

“Our Y seeks to protect and nurture all those we serve, helping them reach their full potential, improve their health and well-being, and to support social change that will unite all people. We are proud to partner with the NIH on this important program and pave the way for a healthier future for individuals and families in our community. Too many people in our community remain significantly underrepresented in health research.” said Christian Engle, President & CEO of YMCA of the Capital Area. “The All of Us Research Program strives to create a research cohort that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and a path for health solutions tailored to our unique differences.” 

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers differences in people’s lifestyles, environments and biological makeup, including genes. In-depth research with participants with diverse health statuses and backgrounds is crucial for making precision medicine a reality. By participating in research like All of Us, individuals have the opportunity to ensure that they are represented in the data which has often excluded many marginalized communities.

The YMCA of the Capital Area has maintained a long-term presence in historically underserved communities, especially in North Baton Rouge and Old South Baton Rouge. Our team will be working on an initiative to create awareness about this research program in the Greater Baton Rouge community. The Y has a commitment to inclusion and is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together, we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our commitment to inclusion creates better communities, and we want to participate in this research program that will help make precision medicine available for the diverse population we serve. 

For more information regarding the All of Us Research Program and precision medicine visit JoinAllofUs.org/togetherBatonRouge to enroll in the program.

    

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