Virginia is Together For Health!
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About the Together For Health - Virginia research program
We are building a research program of 2,000+ Virginians, just like you
Together For Health – Virginia is a new research program being conducted by researchers in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Our goal is simple—to build a database for Virginians to better understand how social, behavioral and environmental factors impact health in Virginia. By looking for patterns in the data, we aim to find ways to improve health and health care for all Virginians.
By joining Together For Health - Virginia, you will be contributing to a research registry
A research registry is a scientific database that stores information that you provide. Researchers affiliated with VCU Massey Cancer Center will use information from the registry to learn more about health and disease. Access to the Together For Health - Virginia research registry is controlled. Only approved researchers will have access to information from the registry.
How can I help?
To participate in the Together For Health - Virginia research program, you can either:
1) Download the mobile application (app) to your smartphone or other mobile device
2) Participate through the Together For Health - Virginia web portal
Once you register, you will be able to complete an initial set of surveys. With your permission, we will also collect information from other data sources, such as your fitness tracker or publicly available data. A mail invitation to participate in the research program was also sent to a number of randomly selected households in Virginia.
Please read the FAQ for more information.
About the Together For Health - Virginia app
What the app does
You can use this app to enroll in the Together For Health – Virginia research program and take surveys and share your health information for research.
If you join the Together For Health – Virginia research program you will be asked to:
- Register your account
- Review the consent
- Answer surveys
- Have the opportunity to share information from your fitness tracker
- Share and update your health, behavior, and lifestyle information
You may also be invited to take part in other research opportunities.
Your information will go into a large research database. Scientists and researchers can use this database to conduct studies on health behaviors. What they learn could improve health for generations to come.
The Together For Health - Virginia research program is committed to protecting your privacy. We use the most advanced security systems available to keep data safe.
How your data will be used
The data you share will inform research studies focused on health in Virginia. It could help pave the way towards improvements in health and healthcare for all Virginians.
For example, research may help develop:
- Better mobile apps to encourage healthy habits
- Better information about risk factors for certain diseases and health outcomes
You will be able to see your Together For Health - Virginia research program information and learn about research studies that use data from the programs.
To join, you must be 18 years of age or older and live in the state of Virginia.
Click here to download the app.
About the Together For Health - Virginia research team
Together For Health - Virginia is being conducted by researchers in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the VCU Massey Cancer Center, located in Richmond, Virginia. The information provided by Virginians, like you, will help us understand and shape health in Virginia.
The Together For Health - Virginia research program will help the VCU Massey Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center, improve cancer prevention, education, and outreach in Virginia. Results from the research being conducted will help the VCU Massey Cancer Center target programming focused on cancer-prevention behaviors, such as tobacco cessation, weight management, HPV vaccination, and the screening and early detection of cancer. This research will also help VCU Massey Cancer Center address existing cancer disparities, such as financial barriers, health literacy, health access, and medical mistrust.
If you have any questions, or if you wish to report a problem, the project coordinator can be reached at (804) 628-4649, Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, or by email at TogetherForHealth@vcuhealth.org.
To ask questions, express concerns, report problems, obtain information, or offer input about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Office of Research and Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University, 800 East Leigh Street, Suite 3000 Box 980568, Richmond, VA 23298 or by telephone at (804) 827-2159.