Evelyn Ortiz was born and raised in New York and resides in Yonkers. She and her two siblings were raised by her single mother, who later adopted five children. Evelyn attended Russell Sage College, where she studied Spanish and international studies. She spent much of her career working for the New York City Housing Authority before retiring.
Evelyn has cerebral palsy and has had many encounters with the health care system throughout her life. She remembers spending time in the hospital three days a week during her childhood, plus several surgeries in college, during which, she says, she was a “guinea pig.” She never saw her cerebral palsy as a hardship, however, and always loved her doctors and the care she received. Evelyn discovered the All of Us Research Program while taking her brother to the hospital one day. She opted to join because she learned at an early age from her mother to do at least one good deed every day. Today, Evelyn is an active member of her church and a passionate advocate who works where she is needed to help reduce barriers for people not receiving equitable health care.
Program Update | All of Us Marks One Year
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As the All of Us Research Program marks one year since its national launch, former Director Eric Dishman shares an update and previews what’s coming next for the program. This includes an update on the size and diversity of the health database that All of Us is building for researchers to speed up medical breakthroughs. Eric also announces the launch of the All of Us Research Program’s public Data Browser, which will be a valuable interactive tool for both participants and researchers. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from All of Us by following us on social media and signing up for our newsletter at JoinAllofUs.org .