Seattle artists decorate traffic boxes as part of National Institutes of Health project

The National Institutes of Health are looking for a more diverse group of people to participate in medical research and are recruiting Seattle artists to help.

SEATTLE – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) were looking for a more diverse group of people to participate in medical research and turned to Seattle artists to get the message across.

The NIH’s “All of Us” project aims to diversify medical research in Seattle and across the country. The institute invited two Seattle artists to decorate eight traffic boxes that contain a QR code that shows people a 3D animation about the importance of medical research.

“The goal of our traffic box project is to show Seattle the importance of diversity in medical research. With an augmented reality experience, we make it easy and fun for you to learn how you can contribute to medical research aims to improve the health of our communities across diseases, “said an All of Us research officer, Dr. Julia Moore Vogel.

The All of Us research program is seeking an additional million people from across the United States to accelerate medical research. It aims to include participants who reflect the diversity of the people living in the United States, including many people who have never participated in medical research, according to the project’s website.

The boxes are strategically placed to attract participants from communities that have historically been underrepresented in biomedical research

“The call to the artists listed to create a work of art that has to do with inclusive health care and what that means for us and for me, means for me to offer health care that is available to people of color and people from all different communities “Said Heather Sprinkles, one of two Seattle artists selected for the project.

“When the coronavirus vaccine was released, I learned it was a black doctor who was one of the first to deliver the vaccine, so I wanted to honor him by putting his hands in the piece,” she said.

“I like to think of my art and the kind of artist I am that gives a voice to people who don’t necessarily have a voice, and this encourages the same idea,” said the Seattle artist Dinah Rau |. “So I’m very happy that I was able to work with them, that they chose me. It was an honor for me.”

For more information on the NIH’s All of Us project, visit their website.

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