JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Hispanic Center in Jonesboro and Arkansas State University are teaming up this weekend with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to host the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Journey.
This is a traveling, hands-on educational exhibit that raises awareness about the All of Us Research Program.
The events are also an opportunity to allow people to participate in the program on the spot.
This program was created in August 2017.
Since that time, the exhibit has traveled to 27 states, 60 cities and more than 160 separate events to reach communities.
The purpose of this program is to try and advance medicine to meet the needs of the individual, speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.
Group representatives are attempting to gain 100 million volunteers willing to share their health data.
This will mean answering survey questions and sharing electronic health records.
Some participants may also be asked to provide blood or urine samples.
How much information you want to share is up to you, while all health data gathered will be stored in a database.
Approved researchers will then be able to access the data to determine how factors like the environment, lifestyle and genes can impact one’s health.
It is the hope this information will help develop new medical treatments unique to individuals.
Jonesboro is the only city in Arkansas the group will be visiting.
They will be set up in the following locations:
• Friday, Feb. 1 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arkansas State University’s Heritage Plaza Lawn.
• Saturday, Feb. 2 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Centro Hispano Health Fair, located at 211 Vandyne Street.
• Sunday, Feb. 3 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on 1101 East Highland Drive.
When they wrap things up in Jonesboro, they’ll be heading to Jackson, Mississippi.