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May 31, 2017

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Keynote speaker Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHMD), gave the talk “NIMHD’s Research Agenda to Improve the Health of Racial and Ethnic Minorities" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGs_O2hvee4&t=14s  
Mar 24, 2017

Health Disparities in Minneapolis’ Underserved Communities to Be Discussed

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Join the Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) for a special research presentation by Southside Community Health Services (“Southside”), which provides medical and dental services to one of Minneapolis’ most underserved neighborhoods. [...]
Health Disparities in Minneapolis’ Underserved Communities to Be Discussed
Mar 2, 2017

Mayo Clinic Well Represented At Cancer Summit

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The 2017 Minnesota Cancer Alliance Summit was held on February 1st with Mayo Clinic well represented. The event served as an annual gathering of Minnesota’s cancer researchers, care providers, and patient advocates, as well as the platform for unveiling the new Minnesota Cancer Plan 2025, a statewide framework for action [...]
Mar 2, 2017

Role of Medical School Climate & Patient-Provider Communication in Health Outcomes Of Diverse Communities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Mayo Clinic’s Sean Phelan, PhD, was recently awarded two NIH grants in furtherance of health dispari-ties research. The first, an R21, will support a study on the influence of medical school climate and cur-riculum on graduates’ prosocial attitudes and decision to practice in underserved or racially diverse com-munities. The second [...]
Role of Medical School Climate & Patient-Provider Communication in Health Outcomes Of Diverse Communities
Dec 6, 2016

Healthy Churches 2020: A Giant Step for Mayo Clinic HD-CBPR

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A number of current and developing Mayo Clinic community-based, participatory health disparities research projects received a big boost in November, when two dozen PI’s, research personnel, and community faith leaders and volunteers from Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida attended Balm in Gilead, Inc.’s Healthy Churches 2020 annual conference. The focal point [...]
Healthy Churches 2020: A Giant Step for Mayo Clinic HD-CBPR
Dec 5, 2016

OHDR Retreat Focuses on Closing Gaps for Underserved

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Over 100 researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators from across Mayo Clinic, as well as outside community members, gathered in Rochester, Minnesota, for the Office of Heath Disparities Research (OHDR) Annual Retreat in October. The meeting was a platform to share science updates, learn about study support and other resources, delve into [...]
OHDR Retreat Focuses on Closing Gaps for Underserved
Aug 22, 2016

OHDR Announces 2017 Pilot Project Awardees

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Minority disparities in organ transplantation, skin cancer screening, genotyping, cardiovascular disease, and genetic research will now all be investigated through funding provided by the Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR). OHDR is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2017 round of Pilot Projects, intended to facilitate research that [...]
OHDR Announces 2017 Pilot Project Awardees
Jun 3, 2016

Mayo Clinic to Be Home of National Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program Biobank

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Mayo Clinic will be awarded $142 million in funding over five years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as the national Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program biobank. The biobank will hold a research repository of biologic samples, known as biospecimens, for this longitudinal program that aims [...]
May 11, 2016

Somali Tobacco Outreach and Research Initiative

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Researchers study tobacco use in Somali community where 36 percent smoke cigarettes. In a pilot project funded by the Office of Health Disparities Research, Arizona researchers have gathered baseline data on tobacco use in the Somali refugee community, with the ultimate goal of reducing tobacco-related health disparities. A team led by [...]
Somali Tobacco Outreach and Research Initiative
Apr 19, 2016

Researchers Partner with Navajo Nation on Smoke-Free Policies

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Since the 1970s, exposure to secondhand smoke has decreased dramatically in the U.S. with implementation of smoke-free policies in many states and communities. However, these protections do not apply on tribal lands, where secondhand smoke continues to pose a health risk in indoor environments like workplaces and casinos. Mayo researcher Scott [...]
Researchers Partner with Navajo Nation on Smoke-Free Policies
Apr 4, 2016

OHDR-Funded Researcher Named 2016 Kern Scholar

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Michael Wilson, M.D., PI of the OHDR 2016 Pilot Awarded project “Disparities in Decision Making and Medical Care at the End of Life in the Intensive Care Unit: A Pilot Study,” has been named one of four Mayo Clinic 2016 Kern Scholars. The Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center [...]
OHDR-Funded Researcher Named 2016 Kern Scholar
Mar 23, 2016

Researchers Target Disparities in Childhood Obesity

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
  https://youtu.be/hrLXKNb4nWE Richard White, M.D., Community Internal Medicine, wants to improve the odds for inner-city adolescents in Jacksonville, Florida, to live long and healthy lives. “Some reports have suggested this may be the first generation that doesn’t necessarily outlive their parents," says Dr. White. "That’s a very concerning and provoking thought.” In research funded by the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research, Dr. White’s team recruited 20 pairs of adolescents and their adult caregivers in Health Zones 1 and 6 — primarily African-American neighborhoods that are among the poorest in Jacksonville. In the study, Dr. White’s team determined that more than half of the adolescents were obese or severely obese, and their adult caregivers also had high obesity rates. The team found that both groups responded better to positive messages about healthy choices than to negative messages that highlight barriers. [...]
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