Press Statement

UnidosUS Renews Partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program to Create a Better Health Future for All

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) will continue its partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program. The important initiative is focused on advancing precision medicine – health care that takes into account a person’s individual differences. Launched nationally in 2018, the All of Us Research Program aims to enroll at least one million volunteers from all walks of life to share their health information for research.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with NIH on this important program and pave the way for a healthier future for our children and families. Latinos, and other communities of color, remain significantly underrepresented in health research. The All of Us Research Program represents an opportunity to course-correct, as it 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,” said Rita Carreón, UnidosUS Deputy Vice President of Health. “We are in a unique position to improve the way we conduct medical research but it will require continued engagement and participation, especially from the Hispanic community.”

Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers how people’s lifestyles, environments, biological makeup and more affect their health. By partnering with one million diverse people who share information about themselves over many years, the All of Us Research Program will enable researchers to develop treatments that can more precisely prevent and treat a variety of health conditions.

Since enrollment began, more than 320,000 individuals have joined All of Us. Of the participants who have completed all of the initial steps of the program, roughly 80% represent communities that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research and over 50% come from racially or ethnically diverse groups.

UnidosUS is one of more than 100 national and local organizations across the country involved in this historic effort through the program’s community and provider gateway initiative. Over the next several months, UnidosUS will build awareness and engagement in the program by connecting with Latinos on our social media and other digital platforms.  

To learn more about the program and how to join, please visit www.JoinAllofUs.org/together (English) or www.JoinAllofUs.org/todosjuntos (Spanish).

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732