Join All of Us in California

Join All of Us in California


UC San Diego Health is proud to participate in the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is totally unprecedented in its scale the goal is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. In California, this effort is being implemented by the California Precision Medicine Consortium. That includes UC San Diego Health, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of Southern California and the San Diego Blood Bank. We hope that more than 1 million people nationwide will join All of Us. People who join will partner with us to provide information about their health habits and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns in all this data, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health and may find ways to better tailor treatments to individuals — something we call “precision medicine.” The consortium is led by Lucila Ohno-Machado at UC San Diego Health and Hoda Anton-Culver at UC Irvine. The All of Us Research Program is the largest cohort program ever in the United States or elsewhere and it is going to recruit to one million participants in order to try to understand that the factors that contribute to health or disease in a very diverse population. The end goal is to enable precision medicine, which means what’s right for you might be not right for me. We might have been labeled by having the same disease — perhaps that’s diabetes or another condition — however , what works for you might not work for me because we’re all so different. In order to understand what works for certain people and not other people, we need to have Big Data — we need to have large collections in which we analyze the patterns of what is working and what is not working, what prevents disease, what causes disease. This is why it’s so important for the cohort of All of Us to be so large — to be a million or more people — and also to be so diverse that individuals whose characteristics are not currently represented in research will in this study be there. So it’s really a study for “all of us.” Participating in the All of Us Research Program is easy. To enroll, visit joinallofus.org. From there, you may be invited to visit one of our partner centers. In San Diego, that may be at UC San Diego Health, San Ysidro Health or at one of many San Diego Blood Bank locations. When you come in for your appointment, you’ll be asked to answer a few questions about your health habits, lifestyle and environment. Then we’ll ask to take a few measurements, such as your height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure. You’ll also be asked to donate some blood and urine samples. And that’s it! The beauty of All of Us is everyone can participate. We are looking for anyone who has a disease, is very healthy at the moment, who has a genetic condition, who doesn’t have a genetic conditions, who was hospitalized, or who was not. So everyone should be a participant.

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