NIH taps 14 medical societies, community groups to recruit 'All of Us' participants

The All of Us Research Program partnered with 14 national medical societies and community groups to support its recruitment efforts, the program announced Nov. 16.

The 14 groups — including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the Black Women's Health Imperative — will receive a combined $1 million to educate their respective communities about the All of Us Research Program, a program of the National Institutes of Health's precision medicine initiative.

The All of Us Research Program aims to engage more than 1 million participants to share biological samples, genetic data and lifestyle information. The program — which will serve as a national research resource to inform future precision medicine studies — launched its beta stage in June. Since then, the program has enrolled 6,000-plus participants, according to a Nov. 15 announcement on Twitter.

The groups will develop various outreach efforts to engage their constituents in the value of the All of Us Research Program, such as hosting events, collecting feedback and deploying social media campaigns.

"We want to build long-term relationships with our participants based on transparency and trust. These organizations will help us in that effort," said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. "We will look to them for input about what their communities want and need, as we work to create a research program that's meaningful for researchers and participants alike."

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