Researchers in Pasco seeking participants for new decade-long health study

    Researchers in Pasco seeking participants for new decade-long health study

    PASCO, Wash. — Leaders from the National Alliance of Hispanic Health visited Pasco to introduce what they called "the future of personalized medicine" on Sunday.

    Pasco is one of the cities chosen to host the national launch of a new research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called All of Us.

    They said the data they're gathering is going to change the future of medicine, and they want you to get involved.

    With Downtown Pasco's Cinco de Mayo festivities as their backdrop, visitors from Washington D.C. joined Tri-Cities Community Health in enrolling some of the first participants of the study which hopes to eventually include 1 million diverse people.

    Participants will be monitored over the next decade by researchers hoping to advance precision medicine as an alternative to the "one-size-fits-all" approach used today.

    They said precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention using data. charting differences in people's lifestyles, environments, and biological makeup, including genes.

    National Alliance for Hispanic Health President Dr. Jane Delgado said the ambitious study aims to better-understand people's health while finding ways to customize healthcare and treatments.

    "This is exciting. This is an opportunity for as many [adults] in the United States as possible, to be a part of the change that we want health to make in the future," Delgado said.

    Delgado said they were using the Cinco de Mayo weekend to provide information on the study to families, while demonstrating the central role growing Hispanic communities must play to usher in the future of health.

    Tri-Cities Community Health CEO Jim Davis said the future of medicine will be treatment and prevention tailored to the individual.

    "But that future will only be realized if more people in this country are a part of our national science base," Davis said. "It's the diversity of our individual health experiences that will drive the next great breakthroughs in science and health."

    Dr. Delgado said participation is completely voluntary, and those enrolled are free to access their own health information, summary data about the entire participant community, and information about studies and discoveries coming from the All of Us study.

    For more information or to enroll in the study, visit the program website.

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