HRSA Launches Groundbreaking Project

taff from 46 community health centers convened at HRSA on July 8 to discuss an ambitious partnership with NIH to enlist more than 1 million patients in a study across 21 states.
Staff from 46 community health centers convened at HRSA on July 8 to discuss an ambitious partnership with NIH to enlist more than 1 million patients in a study across 21 states. The "Precision Medicine Initiative" will look into genetic, environmental and lifestyle markers for clues on how to prevent and treat disease. 

 

"Health centers have a long history of emphasizing the importance of prevention, and using that as a key strategy for improving the health of a wide range of populations. We look to precision medicine to understand variability in disease onset, differences in genetic and environmental risks, and how we can really focus on specific populations and their specific needs."

-Diana Espinosa,
HRSA Deputy Administrator

 

Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, noted that the project -- dubbed the NIH All of Us  Research program -- stands to help providers and patients develop individualized treatment plans, with enormous implications for cutting costs and improving outcomes for 27 million health center consumers; Suma Nair, Dir. BPHC Office of Quality Improvement, added that the study will bolster the longstanding reputation of HRSA-supported health centers as a "learning health system" that can adapt quickly to new findings ... "improving community health more broadly."
Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, noted that the project -- dubbed the NIH All of Us Research program -- stands to help providers and patients develop individualized treatment plans, with enormous implications for cutting costs and improving outcomes for 27 million health center consumers; Suma Nair, Dir. BPHC Office of Quality Improvement, added that the study will bolster the longstanding reputation of HRSA-supported health centers as a "learning health system" that can adapt quickly to new findings ... "improving community health more broadly."

 

Johns Hopkins University professor of medicine Dr. Kelly Gebo, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for All of Us, stressed that patient data and privacy protection are of paramount importance in building the trust of volunteer participants. She previously worked on an 18-year study of high-volume HIV practices involving 20,000 people living with the virus across the country.

 

Sue Lin, who heads the HRSA Advancing Precision Medicine Initiative, said the study aims to "reflect the nation’s rich diversity to produce meaningful health outcomes for communities across the country -- including those historically underrepresented in biomedical research."
Sue Lin, who heads the HRSA Advancing Precision Medicine Initiative, said the study aims to "reflect the nation’s rich diversity to produce meaningful health outcomes for communities across the country -- including those historically underrepresented in biomedical research."  About 63 percent of health center patients are minorities, and nearly 7 in 10 are at or below 100 percent of poverty. Lin is the director of BPHC's Office of Quality Improvement, Quality Division.

 

(Center-left) Lin, with BPHC dental officer Vy Nguyen (center-right) and CHC grantees. In all, more than 200 health center officers and staff attended the two-day conference.
(Center-left) Lin, with BPHC dental officer Vy Nguyen (center-right) and CHC grantees. In all, more than 200 health center officers and staff attended the two-day conference.

 

Learn more about the All of Us project.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2019