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CAHEP Family Medicine Clinic Participates in NIH’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program

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  “In the future, approved researchers will use this data to conduct studies. By finding patterns in the data, they may make the next big medical breakthroughs.”

  The All of Us Research Program is a large research program that aims to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. Administered by NIH(National Institutes of Health), the goal in short is to advance precision medicine. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual and it takes into account factors like where people live, what they do, and their family health history. In other words, for the sake of future medicine, it may help health care teams find the treatment that will work the best for you.

  CAHEP Family Medicine Clinic located in Denver Colorado has been vigorously involved in this research program, seeking to improve the health of future generation and contribute to community wellness. Founded in 2008, this non-profit organization seeks to improve the health of Colorado’s immigrant communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention, health education, wellness activities, early detection, and self-management of disease.

They provide preventive services such as yearly physicals, free or low-cost vaccinations, well women exams, well child exams and age-dependent preventive medicine. Moreover, they have been passionately participating in community engagement such as health fairs, risk assessment screening and partnerships with communities. For the last 2 years while the COVID-19 pandemic has persisted, CAHEP has been hosting numerous events and vaccination clinics which helped countless Coloradan patients and residents to stay healthy and informed about health risks.

Dr. Suegie Park, a co-founder of CAHEP Family Medicine Clinic said during an interview with Colorado Times, “Before the CAHEB clinic, I regularly visited the Asian community for free or low-cost checkups. During the past days when few people had medical insurance, I and Dr. Alok Sarwal established CAHEP because there were so many people suffering from not receiving proper medical treatment even if they were sick.” In addition she added, “We have decided to participate in NIH’s All of Us Research Program because its goal coincides with the purpose pursued by CAHEP which is to collect research data necessary to treat the local community better. I hope many people will participate in the survey for the health of the Asian community in the future.”

Participants share their health data online by answering health surveys and providing data such as electronic health records. They also may be asked to share physical measurements and blood and urine samples. Participants’ personal information like name, address, and other things that easily identify participants will be removed from all data.

  In order to join the All of Us Research Program, you can visit http://joinallofus.org or simply download the All of Us application through your smart phone. Because All of Us is a research, participants will be asked to complete an informed consent process and this process tells more about what is involved, and the risks and benefits of joining. Anyone who participates will be contributing to research that may improve health for everyone. The program may last for at least 10 years and this will allow researchers to study health over time. In other words, if you decide to join the All of Us Research Program, you will be contributing immensely to an effort to improve the health of generations to come. You may also learn about your own health!

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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