Those who have enrolled in the All of Us Research Program at the University of Wisconsin‒Madison and UW Health (https://allofus.wisc.edu/), now have the potential to directly impact the national fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which oversees the nationwide program, recently announced that it is leveraging its diverse All of Us participant base to seek new insights into COVID-19 through antibody testing, a survey on the pandemic’s mental and physical impacts, and analysis of electronic health record information provided by participants. UW‒Madison, which is part of a Wisconsin consortium that includes Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, has actively enrolled individuals in the Madison and Milwaukee areas since All of Us launched in May 2018. UW Health is a key partner for recruitment and enrollment efforts in Madison. “This is an exciting opportunity for our participants to have a direct impact on COVID-19 research, watching how their participation in this historic effort is truly making a difference,” said Elizabeth Burnside, MD, Co-Principal Investigator, All of Us at UW‒Madison, and a UW Health physician. “This focused initiative could be especially important for members of communities that are often under-represented in health research and who may question the overall and personal benefit of research participation.” To date, more than 271,000 people nationwide have participated in the All of Us Program and more than 50% of them represent racial and ethnic minorities.
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