Published on September 22, 2020

The All of Us Research Program and COVID-19 — benefitting all of us

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Minnesota, and the Duluth-Superior area is no exception. Worldwide, scientists are working around the clock to improve the way we treat this disease. Because of its mission and design, the All of Us Research Program is uniquely positioned to support COVID-19 research.

Currently, more than 350,000 people have joined the All of Us Research Program across the U.S. While All of Us was not built to help navigate a pandemic, researchers still identified ways the research program could contribute: surveying current participants, testing participant samples for COVID-19 antibodies and using de-identified health record data to learn more about how (why) COVID-19 affects people differently.

Beyond COVID-19, the All of Us Research Program’s large, diverse database could inform thousands of studies on many health conditions. Yet, this inclusive research is only possible with participation from our own community — our neighbors, colleagues and community leaders — who have made a crucial decision to contribute to research that could benefit all of us.

Representation in health research has not always been inclusive. The All of Us Research Program’s mission is to be one of the largest and most inclusive research programs to exist in the United States. All of Us’ data and samples represent robust participation from diverse communities, offering new visibility in research for communities that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research.
The better representation we have in research, the better our health outcomes. All of Us is open to adults over the age of 18 who can consent for themselves. Essentia Health was selected as an enrollment partner for All of Us due to its extensive patient-service area that reaches many rural areas in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin and eastern North Dakota. Research participants do not have to be patients of Essentia Health.

If you are interested in contributing to this national research effort, please visit www.EssentiaHealth.org/AllofUs to learn more about participating.

To contact a local All of Us Research Program representative, please call (877) 340-8058. Once it is safe to do so, our local research team will resume free in-person enrollment visits.

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