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DREF Receives Award from NIH "All of Us" Research Program

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) has recently received a three-year award from the National Institutes of Health’s "All of Us" Research Program to conduct a community awareness campaign that informs African Americans about the importance of understanding and participating in biomedical research.
DREF Receives Award from NIH "All of Us" Research Program

DREF CEO Patricia W. Lattimore talks with Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. Chief Engagement Officer for NIH "All of Us" Research Program, before they each speak at 2017 Health Policy Forum presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

The All of Us Research Program, a part of the Precision Medicine Initiative created during the President Barack Obama administration, plans to engage one million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. 

DREF has named its awareness campaign, “Research Matters:  Creating Possibilities to Achieve Health and Wellness for All of Us” and will focus on the objective of creating awareness about how research matters in closing the health disparities gap.  African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, yet they contribute to only five percent of clinical trial participants in America.

The first-year of the award, which is from July 2017 to June 2018, totals $308,504. DREF is collaborating with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Council of Negro Women.  Through their collaborative effort, the organizations will educate communities in 12 cities throughout the nation about the All of Us Research Program and how African Americans can impact health and wellness for their families, now and in generations to come. 

DREF is one of the first four national community partners selected to lead the national outreach effort to raise awareness about this transformative initiative. Volunteer coordinators (Priority Area Navigators) in the 12 designated communities are needed to facilitate the outreach campaign in their communities.  The Research Matters awareness campaign will be conducted in Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Durham, NC; Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; Greenville, SC; Portland, OR; and Sacramento, CA.  To learn more about this opportunity, visit: The All of Us Research Program - The Future of Health Begins With You. 

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