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Fri, Mar 24 12:10pm · Health Disparities in Minneapolis’ Underserved Communities to Be Discussed

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. Founded in 1971 by Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Southside serves the Minneapolis south metro community [...]

Thu, Mar 2 11:42am · Mayo Clinic Well Represented At Cancer Summit

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 [...]

Dec 6, 2016 · Healthy Churches 2020: A Giant Step for Mayo Clinic HD-CBPR

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 [...]

Dec 5, 2016 · OHDR Retreat Focuses on Closing Gaps for Underserved

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 [...]

Aug 22, 2016 · OHDR Announces 2017 Pilot Project Awardees

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 [...]

Jun 3, 2016 · Mayo Clinic to Be Home of National Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program Biobank

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 [...]

May 11, 2016 · Somali Tobacco Outreach and Research Initiative

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. [...]

Apr 19, 2016 · Researchers Partner with Navajo Nation on Smoke-Free Policies

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 [...]

Apr 4, 2016 · OHDR-Funded Researcher Named 2016 Kern Scholar

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 [...]

Mar 23, 2016 · Researchers Target Disparities in Childhood Obesity 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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