DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System today introduced Henry, a 39-foot mobile health clinic that will be used for enrolling people in the All of Us Research Program, a landmark research initiative that aims to advance the future of medicine.
Henry Ford leads one of the consortiums as part of a network of health care systems and medical centers across the United States tasked with enrolling participants. Henry Ford is one of two Michigan health systems enrolling people, though anyone can register to participate in All of Us.
The All of Us Research Program is gathering information for 10 years or more to inform research studies on how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics influence a person’s health and disease risk. The goal is to enroll 1 million or more people from across the country and from all backgrounds, regardless of health status. To enroll, people complete a questionnaire and submit a blood sample.
Henry, a diesel fuel powered universal specialty vehicle made with a heavy-duty chassis and welded steel framing, features two treatment rooms, a refrigerator for storing blood samples, lab and office space and half-bath. It’s also handicap-accessible. Henry will be staffed by at least two All of Us research assistants.
In the coming weeks and months, Henry will turn up at various Henry Ford facilities throughout southeast Michigan as well as local community events for enrolling people in the All of Us Research Program. Look for Henry at the Vet’s Fest at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Cass Park, 2733 Second Avenue, in Detroit.
MEDIA CONTACT: David Olejarz / David.Olejarz@hfhs.org / 313.874.4094