Office of Health Disparities Research

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The Office of Health Disparities Research supports meaningful research to identify and address health disparities and to help ensure Mayo Clinic patients reflect the diversity of our communities.

Sep 8, 2017

Lessons from Henrietta Lacks’ Story: Improving Research Collaboration With Patients, Communities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Stunned, surprised and moved — These are just some of the reactions people shared in a discussion on ethics, race and medicine after viewing the movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, at the Science at the Cinema event in Rochester, Minnesota, held in August. The film tells the compelling story [...]
Lessons from Henrietta Lacks’ Story: Improving Research Collaboration With Patients, Communities
Aug 17, 2017

David Williams, Ph.D. — Keynote for 2017 OHDR Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
As the Office of Health Disparities Research prepares for its 2017 Annual Retreat, word is spreading about the event’s keynote speaker, David Williams, Ph.D. Dr. Williams will share highlights of his illustrious career as a health disparities researcher, author and educator; and his development of the "Everyday Discrimination Scale." Dr. William’s August [...]
David Williams, Ph.D. — Keynote for 2017 OHDR Retreat
Jul 28, 2017

Powwow for Hope: Reaching out to Native American Communities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Michele Fairbanks, an Ojibwe specialist at American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, visited the Mayo Clinic booth at the Powwow for Hope. In May, Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) hosted a booth at the 6th annual Powwow for Hope in Minneapolis to provide outreach on cancer [...]
Powwow for Hope: Reaching out to Native American Communities
Jul 27, 2017

Mayo Health Disparities Researcher: Invited Speaker at Breast Density and Cancer Risk Workshop

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Dr. Carmen Radecki Breitkopf was an invited lecturer at the 8th International Breast Density and Cancer Risk Assessment Workshop, in San Francisco, CA, June 7-9, 2017. The title of her talk was "Communicating Risk and Density Information to Wom-en." The presentation addressed cancer risk communication, breast density notifica-tion as a [...]
Mayo Health Disparities Researcher: Invited Speaker at Breast Density and Cancer Risk Workshop
Jul 12, 2017

Is It Fair to Expect Students From Minority Backgrounds to ‘Give Back’ in Their Careers?

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Imagine you are a medical student and you’ve received financial aid based on your status as a member of a minority or low-income group. Should you be expected to pursue a career serving in underserved communities? Not if society wants to tackle social inequity, according to a recent commentary published [...]
Is It Fair to Expect Students From Minority Backgrounds to ‘Give Back’ in Their Careers?
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&feature=youtu.be  
Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable
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
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