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The ARHA Supports the All of Us Research Program

About the All of Us Research Program

The All of Us Research Program began national enrollment on May 6, 2018, inviting people ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, to join this momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. Part of the National Institutes of Health, All of Us is expected to be the largest and most diverse longitudinal health research program ever developed.

Participants are asked to share different types of health and lifestyle information, including through online surveys and electronic health records, which will continue to be collected over the course of the program. Those who join will have access to study information and data about themselves, with choices about how much or little they want to receive.

Data that are collected will be broadly accessible to researchers of all kinds, including citizen scientists, to support thousands of studies across a wide range of different health topics. By doing so, they are hoping to discover how to more precisely prevent and treat other health conditions. Knowledge gained from this research could help researchers improve health for generations to come.

Why All of Us is Important for Patients

Health care is often “one size fits all” and is not able to fully consider differences in individuals’ lifestyles, environments, or biological makeup. This is because we have limited data from past research studies about how those elements interact. The average patient is often prescribed drugs and treatments as if they are all the same. Learning more about the differences between individuals can help researchers develop tailored treatments and care for all people.

How All of Us Benefits Health Care Providers

Today there are too few conditions with evidence and options for individualized care. Too often, patients from underserved communities have not been included in clinical research, and our ability to care for diverse populations is diminished as a result. More data, discoveries, and tools can help providers to give their patients customized care more easily, especially for those communities that are disproportionately impacted by health issues.

Why Diversity Matters

Historically, many segments of the U.S. population have been left behind in medical research, including people of color, sexual/gender minorities, those with lower socioeconomic and educational status, rural communities, and other groups. The result is significant health disparities. The All of Us Research Program seeks to help fill in the gaps of information about those communities that previously have not been well represented.

How to Join the All of Us Research Program

The program is seeking one million or more people from all walks of life to participate in this historic endeavor. Those interested in joining the program can do so by visiting, www.JoinAllofUs.org. Enrollment is open to all eligible adults who live in the United States.

Behavioral Health Workforce Projections and Estimates of New Entrants

HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis recently conducted analyses on the adult and pediatric mental health and substance abuse disorder workforce.

They have generated national-level projection estimates for the health workforce for the following behavioral health occupations between 2016 and 2030.  Click on the following links to view these estimates.

The Status of the Alabama Primary Care Physician Workforce (2018) – Policy Paper

Produced by the Office for Family Health Education & Research, UAB School of Medicine, this policy paper is designed to evaluate the availability of Alabama’s primary care physicians to Alabama residents using rational service areas (RSAs) for primary care (PCSAs) that are both descriptive and normative, based on spatial accessibility, and meet federal criteria for Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Rational Service Areas.  It is also designed to establish the number of primary care physicians (PCPs) that are needed to allow Alabama’s residents access to a PCP within a 30 minute drive time from their residence location (spatial accessibility).

Policy Paper – The status of the Alabama primary care workforce

Alabama Primary Care Service Areas – Policy Paper

This policy paper, produced by the Office for Family Health Education & Research at the UAB School of Medicine, is designed to create primary care rational service areas (PCSA) for Alabama that are both descriptive and normative, based on spatial accessibility and which meet federal criteria for HRSA Rational Service Areas (RSA).  In addition, it will establish an Alabama statewide network of federally defined PCSAs that serve as geographic units wherein defined populations of Alabama residents have access to primary care physicians at a functional geographic level (spatial accessibility).

Policy Paper- Alabama Primary Care Service Areas