Office of Health Disparities Research

Addressing Health Disparities is Our Priority.

The Office of Health Disparities Research provides funding for Mayo Clinic pilot projects that aim to identify, reduce and eliminate health disparities. These grants help junior scientists develop their career interests in health disparities, and experienced researchers address disparities in ongoing work.

2016 Pilot Project Awardees

Sep 24, 2015

OHDR Funds 2016 Health Disparities Research Through Pilot Project Awards

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) is pleased to announce four awards for 2016 pilot research projects. The OHDR provides seed funding annually to Mayo Clinic scientists and clinicians to facilitate research that will lead to extramural funding in health disparities research.  OHDR Congratulates these awardees, and [...]

2015 Pilot Project Awardees

Dec 10, 2014

A Feasibility Study to Establish Cognitive Research Among African-Americans Residing in Peoria, Arizona

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Yonas E. Geda, M.D. Consultant, Psychiatry Mayo Clinic’s campus in Scottsdale, Arizona Abstract The following sequence of events led to this pilot application: 1) The key inspiration came from a well-respected weekly health promotion lecture series organized by the health ministry of an African-American church known as the Antioch church of Peoria, Arizona; [...]
A Feasibility Study to Establish Cognitive Research Among African-Americans Residing in Peoria, Arizona
Dec 10, 2014

Somali Tobacco Outreach & Research Initiative (STORI)

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Scott J. Leischow, Ph.D. Senior Associate Consultant II, Hematology/Oncology Mayo Clinic’s campus in Scottsdale, Arizona Abstract Somalis are the fourth largest refugee population in the United States. [...]
Somali Tobacco Outreach & Research Initiative (STORI)
Dec 10, 2014

Start Moving, Start Living – Affecting positive lifestyle changes in rural African-American Women in Ware County, Georgia

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Mary I. O'Connor, M.D. Consultant, Orthopedic Surgery Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic         Tamara Huff, M.D. Consultant, Orthopedic Surgery Waycross, GA Affiliate of Mayo Clinic Abstract Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, Georgia, serves a largely rural area of southeast Georgia that includes Ware County and is approximately 29.5 percent African-American. [...]
Start Moving, Start Living – Affecting positive lifestyle changes in rural African-American Women in Ware County, Georgia
Dec 10, 2014

Assessing Tobacco Use and Treatment Preferences Among Alaska Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Employees

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Christi A. Patten, Ph.D. Consultant, Psychiatry & Psychology Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Approximately 66 percent of Alaska Natives living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region (Y-K) of Alaska use tobacco products. [...]
Assessing Tobacco Use and Treatment Preferences Among Alaska Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Employees
Dec 10, 2014

Club Fit: An Intervention to Address Childhood Obesity Disparities at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, MN

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Mark L. Wieland, M.D. Consultant, Primary Care Internal Medicine Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Addressing childhood obesity is a national priority that disproportionately affects youth from low income and racially diverse families. [...]
Club Fit: An Intervention to Address Childhood Obesity Disparities at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, MN

2014 Pilot Project Awardees

Sep 11, 2014

Examining Reasons for Breast Cancer Disparities in African American Women in Duval County, FL

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Steven C. Ames, Ph.D. Consultant, Hematology and Oncology Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Abstract Nationwide statistics report that Duval County (Greater Jacksonville, FL) has the highest breast cancer mortality for AA women in the state of Florida. [...]
Examining Reasons for Breast Cancer Disparities in African American Women in Duval County, FL
Sep 11, 2014

Differences in Bone Associated with Race in Young Adults

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Sundeep Khosla, M.D. Consultant, Endocrinology Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Osteoporosis and fractures are major problems faced by an increasingly aging population. [...]
Differences in Bone Associated with Race in Young Adults
Sep 11, 2014

Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency and Correlation between Cardiometabolic Risk Markers in Adolescents from the Minority Communities in Olmsted County

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Seema Kumar, M.D. Consultant, Pediatric Endocrinology Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Background: The problem of childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. [...]
Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency and Correlation between Cardiometabolic Risk Markers in Adolescents from the Minority Communities in Olmsted County
Sep 11, 2014

Let's Talk: Focus Groups to Inform a Digital Diabetes Storytelling Intervention

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Jane W. Njeru, M.B., Ch.B. Senior Associate Consultant, Primary Care Internal Medicine Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, including immigrants and refugees, have a higher incidence of diabetes and worse outcomes from the disease than the general population. [...]
Let's Talk:  Focus Groups to Inform a Digital Diabetes Storytelling Intervention
Sep 11, 2014

Evaluation of the Prevalence and Knowledge of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Among African Immigrants Living in Minnesota

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Lewis R. Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. Consultant, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract In the United States, the overall prevalence of hepatitis B (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers is 0.2%, and the prevalence of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection is 1.6%. [...]
Evaluation of the Prevalence and Knowledge of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Among African Immigrants Living in Minnesota

2013 Pilot Project Awardees

Sep 11, 2014

Evaluation of Vitamin D Insufficiency and Inner City Asthma Among African Americans in Jacksonville, Florida

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Thanai Pongdee, M.D. Senior Associate Consultant, Allergy & Pulmonary Medicine Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Abstract Asthma is an immense public health problem on both a national and global scale. [...]
Evaluation of Vitamin D Insufficiency and Inner City Asthma Among African Americans in Jacksonville, Florida
Sep 11, 2014

Assessing the Feasibility of End-of-Life Research at Maricopa Integrated Health System

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Researchers Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D. Aminah Jatoi, M.D. Abstract Successful health disparities research programs often involve academic-community partnerships. [...]
Assessing the Feasibility of End-of-Life Research at Maricopa Integrated Health System
Sep 11, 2014

Heart Failure Disparity in African Americans: Role of Negative Affect and Inflammation

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Researchers Véronique L. Roger, M.D. Alanna M. Chamberlain, Ph.D. Abstract African Americans have a higher incidence of heart failure (HF) than Caucasians. Factors other than traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as psychosocial measures, may play a role in the racial disparity in HF incidence, yet have not been studied and the mechanisms by which these measures influence the development of HF have not been adequately investigated. [...]
Heart Failure Disparity in African Americans: Role of Negative Affect and Inflammation
Sep 11, 2014

Motivating Youth at Risk for Obesity Through Multi-Level Community Activation (Mayo-YMCA)

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Richard O. White, M.D. Senior Associate Consultant, Community Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Abstract Obesity rates among adolescents have risen significantly with evidence of disparate trends particularly among minority youth. [...]
Motivating Youth at Risk for Obesity Through Multi-Level Community Activation (Mayo-YMCA)

2012 Pilot Project Awardees

Sep 11, 2014

Application of Housing-based Socioeconomic Measure in Health Disparities Research in Olmsted County, MN

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Young J. Juhn, M.D. Consultant, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Socioeconomic status (SES) is an important determinant of health, and its influence on health outcomes has been extensively studied and documented. [...]
Application of Housing-based Socioeconomic Measure in Health Disparities Research in Olmsted County, MN
Sep 11, 2014

Evaluation of Vitamin D Insufficiency (Hypovitaminosis D) in African Americans Living in a Metropolitan Southern Community

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Alexander S. Parker, Ph.D. Consultant, Health Sciences Research Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida Abstract There is continued interest in the role of vitamin D insufficiency (hypovitaminosis D) as a risk factor for a variety of human diseases. [...]
Evaluation of Vitamin D Insufficiency (Hypovitaminosis D) in African Americans Living in a Metropolitan Southern Community
Sep 11, 2014

Clinic Orientation to Reduce Health Disparities in Primary Care: A Pilot Study

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Onelis Quirindongo-Cedeno, M.D. Consultant, Primary Care Internal Medicine Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Previous studies have shown discrepancies in the provision of preventive health services and achievement of diabetes management quality goal among Somali patients in our primary care practice. [...]
Clinic Orientation to Reduce Health Disparities in Primary Care:  A Pilot Study
Sep 11, 2014

A Formative Study of Wellness Programming at Boys and Girls Club Rochester

By OHDR Admin @ohdradmin
Irene G. Sia, M.D. Consultant, Infectious Diseases Rochester campus of Mayo Clinic Abstract Approximately one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are obese or overweight. Childhood obesity disproportionately affects children of ethnic minorities and low-income populations. [...]
A Formative Study of Wellness Programming at Boys and Girls Club Rochester
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