One million volunteers = a healthier community

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In the fall of 2017, Spectrum Health launched the All of Us Research Program, an historic program funded by the National Institute of Health. Spectrum Health and other health care programs across the country are looking to engage one million volunteers to participate in this program.

Dave Chesla and Belinda Cunningham are here to tell us more.

>>> take a look in the video above. 

The goal of this program is to advance health care that is designed for each individual based on their biological makeup. Everybody is different, and today most medicine and treatments are delivered in a one-size-fits all approach. A medical treatment that works for one person usually doesn’t work for another.

By creating a large database from a million people, researchers may be able to make new discoveries about prevention, treatments, and hopefully cures. What they learn could improve health for generations to come.

You can join if you are 18 or older and live in the United States. It doesn’t matter if you are healthy or have a long-term illness because they will learn from both.  They also want to make sure that this program represents everyone  that diverse communities are represented. There have been some wrongs in the past and they have a priority to right those wrongs to ensure that no group is left behind. Having diverse participants will help fill gaps in their scientific knowledge when developing prevention strategies and cures.

Participants will:

  • Provide consent and access to medical record
  • Complete lifestyle surveys
  • Visit clinic for exam and biosamples
  • Receive $25 gift card
  • Share with others

“A Celebration of You”

  • Saturday, July 14th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Salvation Army Kroc Center
  • 2500 South Division, Grand Rapids
  • To register or learn more, call:
  • 1-833.564.6255

To join the All of Us Research Program

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