The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is partnering with The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in enrolling participants in the nationwide All of Us Research Program, which aims to improve healthcare in Wisconsin and communities across the nation.


All of Us focuses on precision medicine, seeking to make healthcare more personalized by using information about an individual’s environment, lifestyle and family health history. The Wisconsin team joins nine other states in an effort to gather health information on more than one million people to inform research intended to prevent and treat disease based on the uniqueness of the individual.


“Participation in the All of Us Research Program will give patients, families and staff of SwedishAmerican the opportunity to help improve future health care right here in their own community,” said Natalie Wilson, SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director of Oncology.


Participants will be asked to share their electronic health records and answer questions about their health habits and home and work life, have some physical measurements taken, and will be asked to submit samples of blood and urine. Upon completion, each participant receives $25 and will have online access to their health data with the option to share the information with their health care provider, if they choose to do so.


In time, researchers will have access to these data, which will comprise the largest health database of its kind, to conduct studies, looking for patterns to learn more about what affects people’s health. The goal is that allowing investigators access to this database will provide research opportunities that may lead to the next big health breakthrough. 


“The All of Us Research Program is an exciting, unique opportunity for everyone to play an active role in modern medicine for the benefit of future generations,” said Dorothy Edwards, PhD, director, UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity.

“We hope SwedishAmerican patients, staff and their family and friends will consider joining us in this historic research effort.”


While the Cancer Center is piloting the partnership, the program is open to all SwedishAmerican employees who are interested. For more information, please visit AllofUs.wisc.edu; email allofus@hslc.wisc.edu or call 888-294-2661.


About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.