Health Research Skews White

From The Daily Skimm 6/2/22


That’s the percentage of Americans who belong to a racial or ethnic minority group. And that’s around 120 million people. But health research in the U.S. still skews heavily white (think: up to 90%). Not exactly accurate representation.

Including people of all backgrounds in research can help scientists better understand what makes people sick and what keeps them healthy. So they can uncover patterns and one day design more personalized care. That’s why the NIH’s historic All of Us Research Program is collecting data from 1 million+ participants who reflect the diversity of the U.S. Participation is free and comes with benefits (like optional DNA results down the line). Be one in a million.*

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