All of Us Research Program Strives for More Inclusive Health Care
By Gerardo O. Infante BSN, RN
President - National Association of Hispanic Nurses Michigan Chapter
Newly Licensed Director - American Nurses Association - Michigan
Hispanic nurses embrace precision medicine and ensures Hispanics are represented in medical research through the All of Us Research Program.
Since 2018, nurses from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Michigan Chapter (NAHN-MI) began educating Latino communities, health care workers and other community members about the importance of precision medicine. Precision medicine is a method used to specifically focus disease prevention and treatment measures to individual populations and tailor treatments to individual needs. Precision medicine considers the unique factors that make individuals who they are – such as lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment and biology. Until now, little research of this kind has been completed on minority and under-served populations.
Funding from the All of Us Research Program, part of the nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provided NAHN with an opportunity to launch an educational campaign to spread the word about this important research. Most would agree that the traditional “one size fits all” model of health care does not adequately address the health care needs of our diverse population. Through the work of the All of Us Research Program, Hispanic nurses in Michigan, along with other Michigan professional organizations, are working hard to impact change.
All of Us is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to ensure medical researchers have a data source that represents us all. By considering individual life differences in this database, researchers may uncover paths toward delivering personalized preventative care and treatment for all populations.
Together, Hispanic nurses and other professional and community organizations have educated and encouraged hundreds of diverse community members and health care professionals to participate in this initiative.
So far, over 370,000 individuals from all walks of life and around the country have joined the program. NIH’s goal of reaching one million people from diverse backgrounds is impressive and achievable with help from nurses who work with patients every day who can benefit from this type of research. For them, for our families, for our communities and for our future, please help us spread the word about All of Us.
To learn more about the All of Us Research Program please go to: https://allofus.nih.gov/ or contact NAHN Michigan.
Content Provided by ANA-Michigan Champions for Nursing Program Silver Partner.