Rush Amendment Adopted Unanimously
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today, released the following statement upon the successful adoption of his amendment to the CHAMPION Act last night:
“I am so pleased that my amendment to allow community health centers to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program was unanimously adopted by my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
“Unlike research studies that focus on specific diseases or populations, ‘All of Us’ is an ambitious national research project that aims to gather data from over one million people living in the United States. This data will inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions and, ultimately, accelerate research and improve health.
“Studies have already shown us that individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and genetic makeup can influence health and disease and this program will allow us to further understand how these differences can affect an individual’s health.
“Community Health Centers are at the forefront of addressing health disparities across the country and, therefore, are uniquely situated to gather data from a wide variety of economic, racial, and geographic populations.
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their unanimous support and for joining me in recognizing the vital role that our nation’s community health centers can, and do, play.”
Rush’s amendment would give community health centers an additional $25 million to participate in this National Institutes of Health led program.