UIW Libraries Selected for Historic National Program

February 26, 2024

“All of Us” Research Program Headed by The National Institutes of Health

Library BuildingSan Antonio – February 26, 2024 – The University of the Incarnate Word and the UIW Libraries have been selected as one of 10 institutions for the second cohort of the All of Us Data Training and Engagement for Academic Libraries Program (hereafter referred to as the Academic Libraries Program). This document describes activities performed under an Award Agreement between Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to collect and study data from at least one million people living in the United States. The goal of All of Us is to speed up health research discoveries, enabling new kinds of individualized health care. To make this possible, All of Us is building one of the world’s largest and most diverse databases for health research. The Researcher Workbench is the secure, cloud-based platform that houses the All of Us dataset.

Supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Academic Libraries Program aims to help campus library staff learn to use the All of Us Researcher Workbench platform and equip them with the skills to teach others to use it. The UIW Libraries staff have the opportunity to build and strengthen the research capacity of our campus communities and become skilled users of biomedical and public health data through engaging in this exciting community-learning cohort. We look forward to developing a data science service, collaborating across campuses, and providing new and exciting research opportunities for faculty and students.

The All of Us Research Program dataset offers access to a diverse, longitudinal dataset that can be used by students and faculty who may not have access to other health research datasets. The NIH has worked with research communities and community members to ensure a robust research protocol that respects participants and meets the needs of the research community. This dataset includes biological and social determinants of health data on a large, inclusive scale, that follows participants as they move, age, and grow. It is a beneficial resource for students and researchers in social sciences as well as biomedical and public health programs.

This project received funding through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities in support of the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine under agreement #S-105105.000 Task Order 75N97022F00003 with BLH Technologies, Inc. (Prime Contract No. 75N97020A00017).

All of Us, the All of Us logo, and “The Future of Health Begins with You” are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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About UIW

With over 140 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. Founded in 1881, UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. UIW students can choose from degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The University is committed to graduating students with the lowest amount of debt load possible and to help them secure a career that lifts their lives, their families and their communities. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio, in 2019, UIW purchased a 10-acre landmark property at 4119 Broadway which increased the footprint of the UIW Broadway Campus by 15%. The building is now known as Founders Hall.  UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Strasbourg, France.  UIW is a leader in international education, with over 146 “sister schools” in 45 countries and it is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution. The University is a member of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference and is proud to have 25 teams representing 14 different sports. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.