Frequently Asked Questions

What is the All of Us Research Program?
Northwestern Medicine is a partner of the All of Us Research Program in Illinois. All of Us is an exciting new initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission is simple: to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.

The All of Us Research Program is asking one million people to come together to create the largest health database ever. Researchers can use this data to better understand disease. This may create a healthier future for generations to come.

Why should I join?
If you join, you will be contributing to research that may improve health for everyone. Our goal is to understand what makes people sick and to develop new treatments. Here are some examples of what researchers might be able to discover from their research:

  • Better tests to see if people are sick or are at risk of getting sick.
  • Better mobile apps to encourage healthy habits.
  • Better medicine or information about how much of a medicine is right for each person as an individual.

Also, you will be able to see your information, which might be interesting to you. You may also learn about your health. If you choose, you will be able to share your information with your doctor.

Who is eligible to join?
  • Adults 18 and older with legal authority and decisional capacity to consent
  • Currently residing in the United States or a territory of the United States
What do I need to do to join?

The All of Us Research Program is now enrolling at Northwestern Medicine. There are four ways to join:

  • Sign up with your contact information here. We will guide you through the enrollment process and schedule your in-person visit.
  • Visit the All of Us Research Program national website joinallofus.org to register and consent. Once you choose Northwestern, we will contact you to schedule your in person visit.
  • Download the All of Us app on iOS and Google Play.
  • Give us a call at 312-695-6077, or email us at joinallofus@northwestern.edu

Because All of Us is a research program, you will be asked to complete an informed consent process. This process tells more about what is involved, and the risks and benefits of joining.

What will you do to protect my privacy?

Your privacy is very important, and we will take great care to protect it if you join. Here are a few of the steps we will take:

  • Information we collect will be stored on protected computers. We will limit and keep track of who sees the information.
  • We will remove your name and other direct identifiers (like your Social Security number) from your information and replace them with a code. There is a master list linking codes to names. This list is kept secure, and very few people have access to it.
  • To work with your health information, researchers must promise not to try to find out who you are.
  • We will tell you if there is a data breach.
  • The All of Us Research Program has Certificates of Confidentiality from the U.S. government. This will help us fight legal demands (such as a court order) to give out information that could identify you.

Still, loss of privacy is a risk of taking part in the All of Us Research Program. Even without your name, there is a chance someone could figure out who you are. Your information could be misused. We believe the chance of this is very small, but it is not zero.

How much of my time will be required to fully participate?
The consent forms and health surveys may take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. You can complete the consents and surveys online before you come in for a visit – or when you come in for a visit at our enrollment center. At the enrollment center we will ask you to provide physical measurements and biosamples (blood and urine), which will take an additional 30-45 minutes.
Can I talk to someone face-to-face about joining?
Yes, you can talk to a All of Us Research Program representative at Northwestern Medicine (NM) about your participation in the program at our participant center located here. You can also call the Northwestern Medicine All of Us Participant Center at 312-695-6077.
Is joining a one-time activity or ongoing?
Our plan is that the All of Us Research Program will last at least 10 years. You will receive updates from Northwestern Medicine and from the national All of Us Research Program. We hope you will stay involved over time. If you do, researchers may better understand what causes changes in our health and what we can do about it. If you decide to join, you can withdraw (quit) at any time.
What will the All of Us research program ask of me as a participant over time?
If you decide to join the All of Us Research Program, we will ask you to share different kinds of information. We will ask you basic information like your name and where you live. We will ask you questions about your health, family, home, and work. If you have an electronic health record, we will ask for access. We will ask you to go to the Northwestern Medicine All of Us Participant Center. At this appointment we will measure your weight, height, hips, and waist, as well as take your blood pressure and heart rate. We will ask you to give samples, like blood or urine, at the appointment.

We may contact you to answer additional surveys from time to time. You can choose to answer the surveys or not. We may also contact you periodically to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date in our system.

Will I be paid?
At the completion of your appointment to be measured and give samples, we will offer you a $25 payment.

Your information will be used by researchers to make discoveries. If any of their research leads to new tests, drugs, or other commercial products, you will not get any profits. These inventions will be the property of the researchers who develop them.

Is there parking for my scheduled visit?

Complimentary parking is available at the following locations for the All of Us Participant Center at Northwestern Medicine Galter Pavilion located at 201 East Huron St, Suite 12-160. Please bring your ticket for validation. We do not reimburse for other travel expenses.

Parking A: 222 E Huron St & Parking C/D: 321 E Ontario St – see attachment for more detail.

Parking is free at our Northwestern Delnor Hospital, and Northwestern Vernon Hills Primary Care Participant Centers.

All of Us is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

The All of Us platform is for research only and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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