NIH ‘precision medicine’ exhibit to visit Georgia

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) ‘All of Us Journey’ exhibit will feature three stops in Georgia, including Norcross on August 30 and Atlanta on August 31 and September 2. The exhibit promotes the NIH’s ‘All of Us Research Program,’ which is an “ambitious effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.”

According to NIH, the effort is designed to “speed up health research and medical breakthroughs by asking one million people to provide information that can help create individualized prevention, treatment, and care.”

NIH adds that, “The program is open to people both healthy and sick, from all communities. Unlike a single research study that is focused on a specific disease or community, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. Participants are asked to share their unique health data (e.g., answering survey questions and sharing their electronic health records). Some participants may also be asked to provide blood or urine samples.”

NIH also notes that, “The health data we gather from participants will be stored in a database. Approved researchers can access this data to explore how factors like environment, lifestyle, and genes, can impact health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals, and it will enable a future of precision medicine for all of us.”

And NIH explains that, “Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. Precision medicine’s goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best. This will help give health care providers the information they need to make tailored recommendations, relevant to people of different backgrounds, ages, or regions.”

The ‘All of Us Journey’ exhibit Georgia stops will include…

Thursday, August 30
Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia & NAHH
Altierus Career College
1750 Beaver Ruin Road
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, August 31
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
3510 Shallowford Road NE
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 2
Atlanta Black Gay Pride-Pure Heat Community Festival
1071 Piedmont Avenue
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Click for ‘All of Us’ website