Dr. Michelle Birkett was recently invited to speak at the Chicago launch event for the All of Us Research Program.
In her remarks, Dr. Birkett emphasized the importance of involving communities in research, especially given the historical lack of sexual and gender minorities represented in research. Dr. Birkett highlighted the potential impact of this research, explaining that asking research participants about their sexual orientation and gender identity allows researchers to collect data that can be used to develop community resources to alleviate existing health disparities. Dr. Birkett applauded the All of Us Research Program’s commitment to including diverse voices in their study, concluding that “without data and representation in research, LGBT communities and their needs remain invisible.”
A recording of the Chicago All of Us Research Program launch event can be viewed here. Dr. Birkett’s remarks begin around 52 minutes into the recording.