Office of Health Disparities Research

Addressing Health Disparities is Our Priority.

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.

Oct 19, 2018

Mayo Clinic, Arizona Celebrating a Valued Collaboration

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Mayo Clinic, Arizona Campus is proud to share a milestone 10-year anniversary with its valued partner, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC). The collaboration, initiated in 2006 by Dr. Tom Fitch during his tenure as chair of the division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, now involves a team of five Mayo [...]
Mayo Clinic, Arizona Celebrating a Valued Collaboration
Sep 27, 2018

Mayo Researchers Awarded NCI Grant To Address Cancer Burden of Native Americans in Rural Areas

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has been awarded a Rural Health supplement grant for a unique study focused on addressing disparities in the cancer burden faced by American Indian/Alaska Native populations. The PI on the grant, Robert Diasio, MD, and Program Lead, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD, will leverage a community-engaged [...]
Mayo Researchers Awarded NCI Grant To Address Cancer Burden of Native Americans in Rural Areas
Sep 19, 2018

2018 Office of Health Disparities Research Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
175+ Mayo Attendees Share Health Disparities Research News, Gain Research and Minority Recruitment Insights, and Develop Collaborations at OHDR Retreat More than 175 Mayo personnel affiliated with over 50 work areas from all three campuses and the MCHS attended the Office of Health Disparities Research retreat August 7 and 8, [...]
2018 Office of Health Disparities Research Retreat
Sep 19, 2018

High Visibility "Walk by FAITH!" Event Celebrates Intervention's First Decade

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
What started as a class project for LaPrincess Brewer, MD’s Public Health course in Baltimore ten years ago, "Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health" (FAITH!), has become a proven cardiovascular and wellness intervention for African American faith communities that is now active in six churches across Rochester and the Twin [...]
High Visibility
Sep 19, 2018

Registration Open for Arizona Health Equity Conference!

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Registration is now open for the 2018 Arizona Health Equity Conference, to be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ. Mayo Clinic is a founding sponsor of this event, and every year OHDR-Arizona is integrally involved in the planning and implementation of the [...]
Jul 31, 2018

2018 OHDR Annual Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Featuring Keynotes by Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, and Pernessa Seele, PhD. Tuesday-Wednesday, August 7-8, 2018 What are the attitudes of diverse populations toward genetic research results? Do patients who are American Indian face unique barriers to kidney transplantation? Is it difficult to recruit minorities for research studies? This Retreat brings together [...]
2018 OHDR Annual Retreat
Jul 31, 2018

NIH's Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Visits Mayo

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Dr. Hannah A. Valantine, the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, presented NIH’s Scien-tific Approach to Achieving Inclusive Excellence at the Elizabeth Blackwell Mayo Medical Grand Rounds on Wednesday July 11, 2018. Additionally, she introduced a new Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit, designed to (1) ad-vance scholarship of the science [...]
NIH's Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Visits Mayo
Jul 26, 2018

Mayo Clinic Researchers and OHDR Funding Combine to Assess Minority Health

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Faith-based public health conferences offer a potential opportunity to improve health literacy and change health behaviors. A recently published study by a team of Mayo Clinic researchers, supported by funding from OHDR and led by Drs. LaPrincess Brewer and Christopher Pullins, examined the self-reported health behaviors and preventive healthcare utilization [...]
Mayo Clinic Researchers and OHDR Funding Combine to Assess Minority Health
Jul 18, 2018

Mayo Clinic Investigators' Education-to-Action Program Leads to Increased Participation of Minorities in Research

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A study conducted by Mayo Clinic in partnership with The Links, Incorporated, a national service organ-ization of professional African American women, was recently published in the Journal of Womens Health. Investigators used the study to research minorities’ attitudes toward participating in chart review (CR), genetic/biobanking studies (GEN), and clinical trials [...]
Mayo Clinic Investigators' Education-to-Action Program Leads to Increased Participation of Minorities in Research
Jul 18, 2018

Mayo Clinic Represented at N. American Refugee Health Conference by OHDR-AZ

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The North American Refugee Health Conference 2018, the largest refugee health conference of its kind, was held this June in Portland, Oregon. Farhia Omar (pictured far left), Senior Research Coordinator in Arizona, represented Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research at this three day conference designed for those at the [...]
Mayo Clinic Represented at N. American Refugee Health Conference by OHDR-AZ
Jun 26, 2018

Breast Cancer: Mayo Researcher Finds Post-Surgery Screening Disparities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
  Kathryn Ruddy, MD, chair of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center’s Survivorship Disease Group, led a recently published study which determined not only that breast cancer survivors are not getting the recommended level of postsurgery mammography—with rates declining over time as women got further out from their breast cancer diagnosis—but African [...]
Breast Cancer:  Mayo Researcher Finds Post-Surgery Screening Disparities
Jun 26, 2018

Mayo Health Disparities Researcher Recognized for Community Outreach

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Jacksonville Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board recently recognized Mayo Clinic physician and health disparities researcher Richard White, MD, for his outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville Hispanic Community. Dr. White, a member of OHDR’s Steering Committee, has been involved in health education and community outreach efforts, as well as extensive community [...]
Mayo Health Disparities Researcher Recognized for Community Outreach
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