LIBRARY INSIDER: Pitt, Iowa awarded $16 million for NNLM All of Us Program Center

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System and the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences have been awarded $16 million to support the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us Program Center for 2022-26.

The program center serves an important role in coordinating engagement and training activities offered by NNLM in support of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a large, multi-faceted initiative seeking to collect biomedical data from 1 million people across the United States, to support precision medicine by diversifying the data available for biomedical research.

The NNLM is a collaboration of academic institutions, hospitals, health departments, libraries, information centers and community-based organizations that provide health information resources and services, or are otherwise engaged in health and wellness in their communities. These institutions are regional pillars serving as critical access points for health information and education in their communities. The NNLM All of Us Program Center will leverage this network to disseminate and amplify health programs and resources while raising awareness of, and engagement with, All of Us.

The center will employ team-science, human-centered design, and community-engaged research approaches to develop and distribute a robust portfolio of community-based programs and services, focusing on five key areas: health literacy, digital literacy, research literacy, diversity in biomedical research, and precision medicine.

These programs and services aim to build the knowledge, resources and skills necessary for individuals to make informed decisions about their health, understand how they can contribute to research, and understand how to engage with health information and research in a digital environment. Through this work, the NNLM All of Us Program Center strives to support the mission of NNLM to improve public health across the spectrum, ensure that people understand how medicine, research and health care are evolving to be tailored to individuals, and understand the importance of participation in research programs like All of Us, especially for communities that are underrepresented in biomedical research.

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Hannah Sinemus (Pitt), training program director;  Brittney Thomas (Iowa), engagement program director; and Asih Asikin-Garmager (Iowa), evaluation program director, all from the NNLM All of Us Program Center.

This program is supported by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 1U24LM014070-01 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, and University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.