Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Representing Arizona's Hispanic/Latino Community in Health Research

Carrie Whitten Simmons
All of Us Research Program, UArizona-Banner

Health discoveries often come from research. Diversity in research comes from you. Some communities are left out when research is reserved for selective groups, which is why it is important for all groups, including Arizona’s Hispanic/Latino community, to be involved. 

During the pandemic, health disparities that were known with other diseases like diabetes, occurred with COVID-19 as well with Hispanics and Latinos more likely to get infected, experience complications, and die from COVID-19. According to the U.S. Census, about 18.5% of people in the United States are Hispanic/Latinos, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, 24.2% of COVID-19 deaths were among Hispanic/Latino people. Research will help us better understand these disparities. 

“When you’ve got health information on this big group of individuals who are diverse, you can start to study the disease prevalence in a community,” says Dr. Jason Karnes, director of scientific programs for the All of Us Research Program at University of Arizona and Banner Health. 

Health care providers and researchers don’t have all the answers to tailor care to specific needs, but now they know where to look. The All of Us Research Program is creating the world’s most diverse resource of health information so researchers can study better ways to prevent, manage, and treat disease. 

“Precision medicine is an initiative to look at health care on a more individualized basis taking into account each person’s genetic and lifestyle differences. That is why it’s important that researchers have a diverse database, so they can understand how these factors affect health in different people,” says Dr. Francisco Moreno, principal investigator for All of Us UArizona-Banner and associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at University of Arizona. “Our team of bilingual researchers and study personnel has been handpicked and trained to better serve the Hispanic/Latino community’s needs.” 

Research studies haven’t always considered the unique needs and culture of the Hispanic/Latino community. The All of Us Research Program is different. The program is working hard to listen to Hispanic/Latino voices. By studying data from a diverse group of people, researchers can learn more about what makes people sick or keeps them healthy. What researchers learn could lead to better treatment and disease prevention for all of us. 

The All of Us Research Program is inviting you to join researchers to look for answers to some of the community’s toughest health questions. About 45,000 people in Arizona have shared their health data so that researchers can better understand how genes, environment, and lifestyle affect health. 

You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to join the program. They will not ask you about your residency or citizenship status. They cannot share your status because they will not know it.

The next health discovery could come from the Hispanic/Latino community in Arizona. This Hispanic Heritage month, represent your community in health research. 

Learn about yourself and your health, at no cost. 

For more information or to enroll, visit www.AllofUsAZ.org/latinx or call (877) 268-2684. 

The University of Arizona-Banner Health Program is supported under the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program funding award OT2OD026549 with previous awards UG3OD023171-01 and UG3OD023171-01S1 and the CEAL funding award OT2-HL156812. 

“All of Us” and the All of Us logo are registered service marks of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 


About the All of Us Research Program: The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us. The program will partner with one million or more people across the United States to build the most diverse biomedical data resource of its kind, to help researchers gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral factors that influence health. For more information, visit JoinAllofUs.org and allofus.nih.gov. For Arizona news, visit AllofUsAZ.org or Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @AllofUsAZ. 

About Banner Health 
Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information visit www.BannerHealth.com

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences 
Located on campuses in Tucson and Phoenix, the University of Arizona Health Sciences is one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the southwestern United States. UArizona Health Sciences includes the College of Medicine – Phoenix, College of Medicine – Tucson, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. In addition, 12 UArizona Health Sciences centers and programs focus on cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, pain and addiction, and respiratory diseases; biomedical informatics, health technology innovation and simulation training; and precision health care and health disparities. A leader in next-generation education, biomedical research and public outreach, UArizona Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 4,000 students and 900 faculty members, and garners more than $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).