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Fri, Mar 24 at 12:10pm CDT by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 by offering patient focused, friendly, high-quality and comprehensive medical care. Southside believes that, as a community clinic, it is important to know and serve its neighbors, and it emphasizes community outreach to provide free health education, screenings and information in trusted gathering places. Southside also partners with researchers to develop and implement studies and interventions aimed at improving community health and health equity. For example, Southside is a partner in FAITH! (Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health), a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular health intervention study.

Presenters include Southside Outreach personnel Clarence Jones (pictured, far left) and Monisha Washington (second from left).

Tuesday, March 28
Noon–1 p.m. CDT
Charlton 6-147 Conference Room
Mayo Clinic

Webcast available:

Audio: 866-365-4406 (passcode 2883946)
Video: Gotomeeting link

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches; beverages and dessert will be provided by the OHDR.

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Thu, Mar 2 at 11:42am CDT by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 in reducing cancer burdens. Both OHDR and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center were sponsors of the event and had promotional booths. Mayo staff, including Sumedha Penheiter, Ph.D. of OHDR, Jane Welter and Wendy Hanson of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, attended workshops on building tactics and grassroots support for implementing the new Cancer Plan objectives.


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Thu, Mar 2 at 11:36am CDT by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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

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 grant, an R03, will support assessing the impact of race, education, and other dis-parities on the quality of patient-provider communication and the effect of introducing a new decision-making tool to the process. Co-investigators and/or collaborators on these two projects include Victor Montori, MD, Nilay Shah, PhD, John Tilburt, MD, Michelle van Ryn, PhD, and Richard White, MD. OHDR Congratulates Dr. Phelan and his colleagues!



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Dec 6, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 of Mayo Clinic’s attendance was to share research outcomes from clinic/faith-organization partnerships across all three sites with other nationwide faith-based health partnerships. Mayo Clinic, which also sponsored a Pavilion at the conference, used its platform to distribute educational materials and to give a presentation on childhood obesity (Drs. Christopher Pullins and Kenneth Poole, (AZ)). Additionally, Chara Chamie (AZ) and Monica Albertie (FL), OHDR Program Managers who spearheaded the community partnerships and PI research, also attended, helping health disparities researchers distribute a survey to conference participants. The PI’s plan to present the survey results at next year’s HC2020 conference and as the basis of a manuscript. The Pavilion, the educational materials, and the travel/lodging for all participants were jointly funded by the Office of Health Disparities and the CCaTS’s Office of Community Engaged Research. Participants re-port that the event, a forum for pastors and volunteers involved in health ministry, health fairs, kitchen ministries, and health education in faith setting to network and develop ideas for programs and interventions, was educational and engaging. Information from the event will support existing and planned research projects partnering Mayo Clinic with African American and Hispanic faith communities in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida.

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Dec 5, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 into health disparities topics and collaborate on future research projects and publications.

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.”

Dr. Perez-Stable, NIMHD, in discussion with Dr. Eddie Greene, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Pérez-Stable made several key points about the NIMHD’s agenda:

  • Minority health and health disparities research are two different spheres. Minority health involves the distinct needs of racial and ethnic minorities; while health disparities are differences that adversely affect populations based on actual health outcomes (for example, incidence, prevalence, or health-related quality of life). Health disparities research aims to define the mechanisms behind health disparities and develop interventions. This work spans not just racial and ethnic minorities, but also low income people, women, underserved rural residents, and other populations subject to discrimination.
  • The mechanisms that lead to health disparities are complex and fall into the broad domains of biology, behavior, physical environment, sociocultural environment, and the health care system. For example, sociocultural stressors like food insecurity, racism or familial dysfunction can contribute to health disparities, as can biological factors such as gene variants or metabolic differences.
  • Biomedical workforce diversity is a priority for the NIMHD and “an urgent societal issue,” said Dr. Pérez-Stable. “We live in a society where 40 percent of the population is going to identify as one of [the] minority groups….Yet only about 5 percent of NIH grants submitted or awarded are going to African-Americans or Latinos.” African-American investigators are half as likely as white investigators to resubmit a scored grant.
  • Inclusion of diverse participants in research studies is also critical. “It’s not just being a good investigator….It’s actually good science,” said Dr. Pérez-Stable. “There are things we’re not going to find out if we don’t have a diverse sample.” He cited a recently published study that found a genetic variance common in African-Americans was misclassified as a risk factor for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, because African-Americans were not included in the control group. As a result, for over a decade, patients and physicians made care decisions based on faulty information on their risk of developing this serious heart condition.
  • The NIH needs to improve accountability in grant applications and recognition of investigators who do address minority inclusion. Too often, inclusion is “just a checkbox” in the review process, said Dr. Pérez-Stable.
  • Recruiting minorities is hard, and usually takes added resources and skills. Barriers exist, such as lack of trust, but the research community needs to end the myth that these barriers are insurmountable. “We have to be at the table,” said Dr. Pérez-Stable. “We have to be part of it….Otherwise, you’re on the menu.”

Reports on health disparities research at Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero and Dr. Tamara Huff

In other OHDR Annual Retreat presentations:

  • OHDR pilot project awardees presented results in research areas such as Somali tobacco use, childhood obesity disparities, positive health changes in rural African-American women, cognitive research in African-Americans, joint pain in obese populations, and wellness behavior in Alaska health aides.
  • Leaders from diversity offices provided updates on addressing health disparities “across the shields.” Sharonne Hayes, M.D., Office of Diversity and Inclusion, discussed the success of Mayo’s workplace climate survey and stated that some results showed that employees value teamwork and support their teammates. John Knudsen, M.D., Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, stressed the importance of cultural competence training for all Mayo employees. Barbara Jordan, Office for Diversity, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, elaborated on the charge to advance the diversity of learners and their experiences in the biomedical workforce.
  • Linda Larkey, Ph.D., Arizona State University, discussed strategies to overcome the multifactorial challenges to recruiting minorities in research studies.
  • Toni Mangskau, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, reported on successes using a recruitment process called “CEO” (Call, Educate, Opportunity) for clinical trials.
  • Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D., Health Sciences Research, discussed unconscious bias and discrimination in health care and what can be done about them. She emphasized that a commitment to an inclusive environment in the workplace maximizes employee contributions and creates a better health care setting for all patients.
  • Jon Tilburt, M.D., General Internal Medicine, and Wesley Petersen, Ph.D., Office of Health Disparities Research, discussed tips for surviving and thriving in a competitive research environment.

— Kris Schanilec

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Aug 22, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 will lead to extramural funding in health disparities research.
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Mirris Keddis, M.D.  (Nephrology-AZ)
A Pilot Study on the Barriers to Kidney Transplantation and Kidney Transplant Outcomes in American Indians

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Aaron Mangold, M.D.  (Dermatology-AZ)
Perception and Reality -- The Characterization of Skin Lesions, Attitudes Towards Malignancy and Body Awareness in Hispanics

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James Meschia, M.D.  (Neurology-FL)
Increasing Diversity and Genotyping of non-European Descent Individuals in the Mayo Clinic Florida Familial Cerebrovascular Diseases Registry

Jane Njeru, M.B., Ch.B.  (Primary Care Internal Medicine-MN)
Social Network Analysis for Health Behaviors Among Hispanic and Somali Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D. (Health Care Policy & Research-MN)
Exploring Attitudes Toward Return of Genetic Research Results to Family Among Diverse Populations

The selected projects represent a wide variety of disparities topics, across a diverse field of medical disciplines, and include projects from all three Mayo Clinic sites. Congratulations to the awardees, and our thanks to all who submitted applications for these competitive awards! READ PILOT ABSRACTS

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Jun 3, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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 that aims to enroll 1 million or more U.S. participants to better understand individual differences that contribute to health and disease to advance precision medicine.

Read the Mayo Clinic news release.

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May 11, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Somali Tobacco Outreach and Research Initiative

Researchers study tobacco use in Somali community where 36 percent smoke cigarettes.

STORI Community event 2In 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 Scott Leischow, Ph.D., has partnered with the Somali American United Council of Arizona (SAUC) to collect survey and focus group data from 200 Somali refugees on:

  • Tobacco use behaviors, perceptions and barriers to cessation
  • Health literacy, and health care access and use
  • Social networks for accessing information about health and tobacco use

Initial results show that 36 percent of the Somali people surveyed smoke cigarettes, compared with 17 percent of the general U.S. population. While 81 percent of Somali participants say they are ready to quit or interested in quitting, only 15 percent have sought help from a health care provider.

Researcher Janet Okamoto, Ph.D., reports that the data has also yielded information that will help shape future interventions to reduce smoking.

Janet Okamoto

Janet Okamoto, Ph.D.

For example, nearly half of participants report difficulty in understanding others because of language. And when health clinics have interpreters available, often Somali refugees do not know how to successfully access this help.

Only 38 percent of those surveyed say they have someone they can go to for advice about a health issue. But those who do not have such relationships tend to access the health care system more.

“We think this means those with less social support are forced to rely more on the system to get health information and advice,” says Dr. Okamoto. “What we don’t know yet, is whether people with more supportive health advice networks are not seeking information from health providers because the information they receive from their networks is sufficient or if there is something else going on.”

The research team will be sharing its results with the Somali refugee community for input on the next steps toward developing community-based interventions that help prevent and reduce tobacco use.

The project, entitled “Somali Tobacco Outreach & Research Initiative (STORI),” also sets the stage for future cross-Mayo collaboration to compare tobacco use interventions in different Somali communities, according to Okamoto.

“African refugee populations are already at high risk for disparate health outcomes, such as mental health problems due to past traumatic experiences. You add smoking on top of existing health conditions, and it’s a huge issue,” she says.

Read more about Mayo’s collaboration with the Somali community in Arizona: “Partnering with the Somali Community Through Research” by Research Program Coordinator Farhia Omar.

STORI research team with members from the SAUC and Mayo Clinic

STORI research team with members from the SAUC and Mayo Clinic

Mayo Researchers Who Address Health Disparities in Somali Populations

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Apr 19, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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.

Scott Leischow, Ph.D.Mayo researcher Scott Leischow, Ph.D., Hematology/Oncology/Health Sciences Research, is the principal investigator of a study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute State and Community Tobacco Control initiative to better understand how a Navajo coalition is working to foster smoke-free policies. Dr. Leischow leads Mayo’s Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) efforts in Arizona.

In the study Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies, researchers are examining social networks in Navajo Nation and how information is shared on the risks of secondhand commercial tobacco smoke, its impact on health, and related tribal policies.

“A unique and important factor in addressing exposure to commercial tobacco smoke is that natural tobacco is a sacred and fundamental part of Navajo culture,” says Dr. Leischow. “Yet commercial tobacco has found its way into Navajo society.”

Through interviews and network analysis, the research team has found that the majority of Navajo people surveyed prefer to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, but many are concerned that banning smoking in casinos could have a negative economic impact.

The researchers have been sharing such findings broadly with Navajo people. For example, they have developed a series of educational vignettes featuring video interviews with Navajo traditional healers on the influence of commercial tobacco.

“Our research is designed to collect and share information with the Navajo people on the nature and risks of commercial secondhand tobacco smoke, and to better understand how that information is used to foster policy,” says Dr. Leischow. “It’s up to the Navajo people themselves to determine if they want to end that exposure.”

The research team, which includes the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health and the University of Arizona, uses a community-based participatory research approach to ensure that Navajo engagement and leadership are central to the project.

Learn more about the Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies study.

— Kris Schanilec, Public Affairs

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Apr 4, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

OHDR-Funded Researcher Named 2016 Kern Scholar

Wilson_Michael_E_14JUMichael 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 for the Science of Health Care Delivery’s Scholars Program trains clinicians to use tools from applied sciences, such as epidemiology, statistics, economics, and sociology, to rigorously assess and improve patient-centered outcomes and health care delivery systems. Dr. Wilson, whose research focus is end-of-life decision making in the ICU and who will begin his program in July, is mentored by health disparities researchers Jon Tilburt, M.D., Victor Montori, M.D., and Ognjen Gajic, M.D. The three other Kern Scholars are W. Oliver Tobin, M.B., B.Ch., BOA, Ph.D. (Neurology), Elizabeth Lorenz, M.D. (Nephrology and Hypertension), and Rahma Warsame, M.D. (Hematology and Oncology).  Congratulations, to all!

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Mar 23, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

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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Mar 1, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

NIH Commits $3.1M Grant to Support Groundbreaking Research to Prevent Diabetes in Latino Youth

A transdisciplinary team of Arizona researchers, including Gabriel Shaibi, Ph.D. (Mayo affiliate researcher in Health Science Research and member of the OHDR-Arizona Internal Advisory Team), who will serve as principal investigator, has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to test a culturally grounded lifestyle intervention program for reducing diabetes risk in obese Latino adolescents with prediabetes. The new grant, "Preventing Diabetes in Latino Youth," is a collaboration between Arizona State University, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Valley of the Sun YMCA, the Family Wellness Program of St. Vincent de Paul Medical and Dental Clinic, and the University of Washington.  Learn more.


Gabriel Shaibi, Ph.D.

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Feb 22, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

HD Researcher Selected for Leadership Institute

The Society of Behavioral Medicine has chosen 24 mid-career scientists from around the nation for its inaugural year-long Leadership Institute. Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D., a federally funded health disparities researcher and Mayo Clinic associate professor of health services research, completed the highly competitive application process and has been selected as one of the Institute's first members. The program, which focuses on leadership development through increased self-awareness and skills development, provides participants will a full year of mentoring and one-on-one coaching, as well as an immersive, two-day workshop consecutive with the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Annual Meeting. The Office of Health Disparities Research congratulates Dr. Radecki Breitkopf on this impressive accomplishment.

Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D.

Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D.

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Feb 8, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Mayo Researchers and Leaders to Present at Workplace Inclusion Conference

Mayo Clinic health disparities researchers and diversity leaders will present at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s Annual Conference, which will take place March 29–31, 2016, at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sharonne Hayes, M.D.; Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D.; Sean Phelan, Ph.D.; and Fred Wills, MPA, will present the learning session “Seeing and Addressing Invisible Factors: Unconscious Bias” from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. [...]

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Jan 7, 2016 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Highlights from the 2015 Arizona Health Equity Conference

The 2nd Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference was a great success with approximately 315 attendees and glowing evaluation feedback. Mayo Clinic, through support from the Office of Health Disparities Research and CCaTS, was one of 13 planning organizations who came together to collaboratively plan this event. The event, which took place on October 29, 2015 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, attracted leaders from across the state. It highlighted the current health equity research, practice, and policy efforts taking place in Arizona and facilitated innovative collaborations among new partners. All populations and disease topics were addressed, including special panels focused on Native American health, African American health, faith-based initiatives, and research-clinical breakouts.

Attendees included physicians, nurses, researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, community health workers, social workers, and non-profit partners. The Mayo Clinic team included Dr. Scott Leischow (Lead Conference Advisor), Dr. Bill Stone (Opening Remarks), Dr. Kenneth Poole (Breakout Speaker), Marion Kelly (Conference Emcee), Farhia Omar and Chara Chamie (Conference Planning Committee).

We encourage you to save the date for next year’s conference, which will take place on Thursday, October 27 at the Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix Arizona. Click here for more information.



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Nov 24, 2015 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Dr. Eddie Greene Delivers Keynote and Grand Rounds at Morehouse School of Medicine

Greene, EddieEddie L. Greene, M.D., Consultant in Nephrology, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's Office of Diversity, and Member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, was invited to present the Keynote Address and Grand Rounds at the Morehouse School of Medicine's 2015 Research Retreat on November 20, 2015.  The retreat's title, "Translating Discovery Into Health Equity:  Where Do We Go From Here?" reflected the retreat's focus of starting and maintaining successful health disparities research and interventions.  Dr. Greene's address was entitled, "Building The Case For The Actualization of Health Opportunities With Multiple Bricks At A Time."  Morehouse College, a private, liberal arts, historically black college, had its start in 1867 and established its School of Medicine in 1975.  It is currently undergoing strategic planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement, led by current President, Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D.


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Nov 19, 2015 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

OHDR Program Manager Joins Health Partnership Steering Committee

Chamie_Chara_13JUChara Chamie, M.P.H., OHDR’s Arizona Program Manager, was recently selected as a member of the Steering Committee for the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC), an organization supporting improved population health outcomes through community collaboration in the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Mesa area, which has a population of over 3,800,000.  Ms. Chamie’s work on the HIPMC Steering Committee will include creating the framework for the Maricopa County Community Health Improvement Plan, offering guidance for operation and decision-making, and responding to current and emerging health priorities using the latest evidence in population health planning, and she will serve as Mayo Clinic’s representative to the organization.  Chamie-Maricopa

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Nov 19, 2015 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Arizona OHDR: African American Community Health Literacy Initiative


Kenneth G. Poole, Jr., M.D.

On November 7, 2015, Dr. Kenneth Poole led Your Health Matters, the second installment of an African American community health literacy initiative in Phoenix sponsored by the Office of Health Disparities Research, Arizona.  The event took place at First Institutional Baptist Church in downtown Phoenix.  Topics included health maintenance and prevention, cancer, and a discussion regarding diabetes and mental health.  The goal of Dr. Poole’s health literacy initiative is to help participants improve their medical decision-making; make them more informed consumers of medical services; and to push them to adapt high-yield, legitimate preventive strategies for the purpose of healthy living.  The first health literacy workshop was in August of 2015 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix.  First Institutional Baptist Church and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church are the largest black churches in metro Phoenix.  Dr. Poole AA Churches-collage

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Nov 10, 2015 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Health Disparities Researchers and OHDR Staff Attend Healthy Churches 2020

Mayo Clinic health disparities research investigators and administrators were in wide attendance at the recent Healthy Churches 2020 Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.   Healthy Churches 2020 is a faith-based health initiative by The Balm in Gilead organization, designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention.  The Conference is a three-day national capacity building and training conference for faith leaders, health directors, coordinators, nurses and members of congregational health ministries.  Mayo participants in the Conference included OHDR Pilot Award recipients, health disparities researchers LaPrincess Brewer, M.D., Christopher Pullins, M.D., and OHDR representatives, including Steering Committee member Floyd Willis, M.D., and staff members Monica Albertie, M.H.A. and Elizabeth Pantoja.HealthyChurches2020-2

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Nov 9, 2015 by @sumedhapenheiter · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Disparities Researchers Featured at Upcoming National Conference

Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D.

Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D.

A number of Mayo Clinic health disparities researchers will be featured at the upcoming American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) 8th Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.  Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D., will present Outcome Disparities in Multiple Myeloma:  The Role of Race/Ethnicity at Educational Session 3 on Friday, November 13.  At Plenary Session 2 on Saturday, November

Celine Vachon, Ph.D.

Celine Vachon, Ph.D.

14, Celine Vachon, Ph.D., will present Mammography Density:  A Risk Factor for All Breast Cancers or Only Specific Subtypes?  And Andrea Wahner Hendrickson, M.D., will serve as Session Chairperson for Plenary Session 3 on Sunday, November 15, during which she will present Updates in Gynecological Oncology:  The State of Ovarian Cancer Care.  Mayo Clinic will also be well-represented at the Conference Poster Sessions, with submissions from health disparities researchers Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Ph.D., Wesley

Andrea Wahner Henrickson, M.D.

Andrea Wahner Henrickson, M.D.

Petersen, Ph.D., Lewis Roberts, M.D., Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D.,  Tamara Huff, M.D., and Monica Albertie, M.H.A.  Office of Health Disparities Research Program Managers Sumedha Penheiter, Ph.D. and Chara Chamie, M.P.H., will also be in attendance.

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