“Giant Eagle Pharmacy is always searching for ways to better engage our patients and the communities in which we operate,” said Adam Zakin, senior director of new business development. “Providing CTSI with a private space within our stores and presenting the community with the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking research program aligns with our mission to improve people’s everyday lives and well-being. Precision medicine is the future of treating and preventing disease based on where we live, how we live and our genetics.”
“Pitt Pharmacy is proud to partner with the CTSI and Giant Eagle for the All of Us Research Program, which is a truly groundbreaking initiative,” said Dean Patricia Kroboth of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. “Community pharmacies are a destination where people access and engage in opportunities to improve health, including how their genetics may affect their medication use experience.”
“Our nationwide goal is to gather one million participants who vary in race, age, gender, location, lifestyle, and levels of health,” said Dr. Steven E. Reis, director of CTSI. “In our area, the supermarket offers the ideal setting to interact with people of these varied backgrounds, and we are excited for the opportunity to engage the community in this historic study. We are grateful that Giant Eagle sees the value in this pioneering study and the long-term value it can bring to members of the community.”
Becoming an All of Us participant is easy and is open to individuals who are at least 18 years old, regardless of health status. Those interested can call 412-383-2737 or 1-800-664-0480 to schedule an appointment at a participating Giant Eagle Pharmacy, one of the All of Us standing clinics, or they can stop by a mobile engagement center while they are already shopping in the store. The on-site process can take less than 30 minutes if the volunteer completes the online consent forms and a brief medical history before he or she arrives to provide blood and urine samples.
For more information on how you can become part of this groundbreaking study, visit joinallofuspa.org.