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All of Us Research Bus Visits Cincinnati to Promote Precision Medicine

Posted by on July 1st, 2019 Posted in: All of Us, Blog, News from the Region, Partner Outreach Libraries, Partner Outreach Libraries, Success Stories

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical campus and the Price Hill Recreation Center on June 21st and June 22nd. During the two-day visit, 112 people boarded the bus and 60 people enrolled in the All of Us Research Program.

All of Us is a large research program run by the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, All of Us is asking one million people to confidentially share their health information. All of Us plans to compile this data and build the largest health database of its kind. All of Us will allow researchers to explore how factors like environment, lifestyle, and genes can affect health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals and enable the future of precision medicine.

University of Cincinnati All of Us Journey

The All of Us Journey mobile exhibit features videos, games and activities designed to inform the public about precision medicine, research and the All of Us Research Program. Robert and Sharon White of Forest Park boarded the bus at the Price Hill Recreation Center. They said, “The mobile unit exceeded our expectations. We learned how unique we are as individuals. We enjoyed watching the videos and playing the interactive games.” The All of Us team promotes the program with the phrase “I am one in a million” and the social media hashtag #JoinAllofUs.

Dr. Tiffany Grant

Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics

Dr. Tiffany Grant, UC Libraries’ Assistant Director for Research and Informatics, worked in collaboration with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to orchestrate the All of Us Journey’s visit to Cincinnati. Don Jason, Health Informationist for UC Libraries, served as a site coordinator during the mobile unit’s visit. Sharon Purtee, Outreach Librarian for UC Libraries, staffed a health information table. She engaged the public, promoted National Library of Medicine resources and complemented the efforts of the All of Us Journey.

Sharon Purtee and Don Jason

Sharon Purtee and Don Jason, contributing author

Image of the author ABOUT Darlene Kaskie
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, is a Community Engagement Coordinator for Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine. She connects libraries to community health partners and provides training and funding to help communities access quality health information. She has her Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association. When she is not advocating for health literacy, she is scoring colleges for her high school senior.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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