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Health providers play important role in All of Us enrollment

Health providers play important role in All of Us enrollment

All of Us posters, like this one written in Spanish, are a way partners are generating interest in the health research program.

When it comes to large-scale, longitudinal health studies such as the All of Us Research Program, blood bank donors are the ideal participants, according to David Wellis.

“Our donors are already engaged and they want to help the community,” said Wellis, PhD, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank. “But the biggest thing we can contribute is diversity. Blood donor populations — not only in San Diego, but across the country — pretty much mirror the diversity of their communities.”

Over the past year, in fact, Wellis reports that the San Diego Blood Bank has enrolled several thousand people in All of Us, a program launched last year to gather health data from at least 1 million people as part of the national Precision Medicine Initiative. The blood bank, a member of the California Precision Medicine Consortium, is among dozens of health care provider organizations nationwide working to enroll All of Us study participants.