Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaks at All of Us Research Program Launch

Dr. Birkett speaks at All of Us launch event.

Dr. Birkett speaks at All of Us launch event.

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.

Dr. Birkett with several other speakers from the All of Us Research Program launch.

Dr. Birkett with several other speakers at the All of Us Research Program launch event. From left to right: Veronica Robinson, executive director of Henrietta Lacks HeLa and granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks; Elizabeth Rivera, breast cancer survivor and local author/educator; Dr. Michelle Birkett; Candace Henley founder/CEO of the Blue Hat Foundation and breast cancer survivor.