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2018 Annual Report

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The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) is pleased to offer our 2018 Annual Report. We are thankful for the opportunity to reflect on the last year, highlight our diverse projects and share our milestones.

Further, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Rural Institute. As Marty Blair, RIIC Executive Director, stated, "Thoughtful reflection on the lessons we have learned with our partners and the good we have done over four decades demonstrates we are at our best when working side-by-side with those who benefit from our efforts."

We look forward to another 40 years of collaboration and partnership!

A note from Eric Dishman, Director of All of Us research

Eric DishmanThis was the year that the All of Us Research Program opened our doors to everyone. So far over 150,000 of you have started to participate in the program, answering our call to improve the future of health! We are pleased to share that 100,000 of you have completed all the first steps. We are well on our way to speeding up health breakthroughs to drive individualized prevention and treatment for all of us. For all that we’ve achieved over the past year, 2019 promises to be just as exciting with our focus on getting and giving information. For highlights from 2018 All of Us research program please watch the following video! Watch Our 2018 Highlights

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Your family health history could help change the future of health

woman and childKnowing and acting on your family health history is an important way to protect your health. Doctors use family health history to develop a more complete picture of your health and your risk factors for disease.  You and your family members share genes and may also share behaviors that contribute to your health. The All of Us Research Program is a medical study that will advance the future of medicine.

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The Future of Health Begins with You

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The future of health begins with you. Your Family history can tell researchers a lot about medical issues that might be related to your genes. What researchers find out from studying this information could lead to better treatment and disesase prevention for all of us.All of US research project wants to bring precision medicine to every American. The goal of All of Us is to advance precision medicine. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. Precision medicine’s goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best.

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Interview with Stephen Mikita

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Stephen Mikita, J.D., is a Participant Representative on the Steering Committee for All of Us, a National Institutes of Health research study that aims to gather health data from 1 million Americans in order to advance precision medicine. An assistant attorney general for the state of Utah, Mikita makes time to participate in the Steering Committee in order to represent the unique concerns of those with disabilities. He took time to chat recently about his role with the project and his hopes for its ultimate impact.

How do you feel about being included in this historic project and what are your objectives in participating in this effort to build a more inclusive picture of Americans’ health?

I am one of four Participant Representative on the All of Us Steering Committee. This committee oversees all aspects of the program and helps give direction to it. I was selected from among a lot of applicants to be one of the first two—there are now a total of six Participant Representatives on the Steering Committee. I think it speaks well of the All of Us mission and commitment to include diverse Americans, and particularly those of us with disabilities, on the committee. Participants in the All of Us Research Program are treated as true partners. The focus is on capturing data and information to achieve the ambitious goals of precision medicine. One size doesn't fit all.

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