The All of Us research program is a federal initiative to gather one million health histories into one database, that can then be mined by researchers for data that can be used to devise more personalized medical treatments in the future. The NIH has a traveling exhibit on this project, and it will be in Nahant on May 21, 11-5. Anyone wishing to get an interview or photo op will probably do best at either 11:00 when it opens, or around 12:30 when the seniors get out of lunch at the Council on Aging.
The Library has been talking about this project as part of a grant project funded by the National Library of Medicine, so we are excited to have the exhibit stop by! It continues on to Boston the next day.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 5/9/19
WHAT: NIH All of Us travelling exhibit
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 11:00-5:00
WHERE: Nahant Town Hall, 334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA
CONTACT: Sharon Hawkes, Nahant Public Library, 781-581-0306 or https://allofus.nih.gov/
The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey Comes to Nahant
Nahant Public Library will host a traveling exhibit from the National Institutes of Health to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program and the opportunity for community members to participate. The All of Us Journey bus will be in Nahant on Tuesday, May 21, 11:00-5:00 as part of a 37-week national tour.
The All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative, is an ambitious effort to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. The program is open to people both healthy and sick, from all communities. 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.
“We’re excited to see how this research program may drive new discoveries in problem health areas such as Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and chronic conditions,” said Nahant Library director, Sharon Hawkes. “New discoveries may include earlier disease identification, more precise treatment solutions and better health outcomes in the future.”
Visitors to the Journey bus will learn about the program but are not required to enroll. Those who do enroll will have control over how much information they contribute to the program, and can add to or delete from their information at any time.
To learn more about the program, including what it means to be a participant, please visit joinallofus.org or contact Nahant Public Library at 781-581-0306.