University of Arizona Leading Efforts To Reduce Health Disparities

Sahana Donepudi

 The University of Arizona is on the forefront of a nationwide effort to address health disparities among minorities. It’s new research program, “All of Us,” hopes to make a difference for generations to come.

The pandemic has shined a light on the many injustices minorities face such as unequal access to health care and insurance. The program directive says that it became obvious that certain groups affected by social determinants of health, particularly certain racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaskan natives, were more likely to be exposed to infection. Researchers say most health information doesn’t include a wide range of races and ethnicities.

The “All of Us” Research Program will be the largest and most diverse health database ever created. The new information hopes to reveal how genetics and lifestyle can impact a person’s health. Researchers are trying to recruit one million participants nationwide.