Diversity in biomedical research programs
In 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its ALL OF US Research Program, designed to increase the diversity of participants in biomedical research and health programs. Their goal is two-fold: to enroll at least 1 million people of racial and ethnic diversity, and to collect their DNA. NIH refers to this as a precision medicine initiative with the idea of personalizing healthcare and targeting health recommendations. And now that they have 175,000 people enrolled, they have awarded $4.6 million to a health tech company from California, Color, to build a genetic counseling service. The press release can be found here.