During the last Affiliates Assembly we had a presentation from Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Chief Engagement Officer of the All of Us Research Program. (Dara also served as the Chief Executive Office YWCA, USA for 4 years prior to joining All of Us) She shared with us information about the program and invited NCNW to participate in this unprecedented initiative.
NCNW, in collaboration with Delta Research and Education Foundation, is a partner in All of Us Research Program, an historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to advance innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatments and prevention strategies. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.
Each of the NCNW sections in the designated cities is expected to fully support and participate in the program by identifying outreach and engagement opportunities where the All of Us Research Program can be introduced and information shared. NCNW’ s involvement will help African Americans understand the important connection between good research data and the health and wellness of our families now and for generations to come.
The National Institutes of Health has provided a multiyear award to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) who selected two collaborative partners; the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to work together on the program.