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.

Feb 28, 2019

Help for Native American patients at Mayo Clinic

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Valerie DeCora Guimaraes, will be presenting on her role as the first Patient Relations Specialist at Mayo for Native American patients seeking health and healing. Valerie is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, with Dakota ancestry. She has been an RN for 20+ years, and has worked in med-surg, [...]
Help for Native American patients at Mayo Clinic
Feb 28, 2019

Mayo Clinic Cardiology Researcher Heralded as a 'Change Maker'

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News is featuring Black Minnesotans making history every weekday in February to celebrate Black History Month. The news agency featured LaPrincess C. Brewer, M.D., M.P.H., as part of the series. Dr. Brewer, a health disparities researcher working in the field of Preventative Cardiology, focuses her work [...]
Mayo Clinic Cardiology Researcher Heralded as a 'Change Maker'
Feb 18, 2019

The Role of the Black Church in Public Health

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Mayo Cardiologist, La Princess Brewer MD, co-authored an editorial with Dr. David Williams (the most published health disparities scholar) in the March issue of American Journal of Public Health. The editorial, part of the March issue on Faith-Based Organization and Public Health Practice, discusses the role, reach, and influence of [...]
The Role of the Black Church in Public Health
Feb 18, 2019

Mayo Clinic Platinum Sponsor for Cancer Summit Minnesota 2019

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Minnesota Cancer Alliance (MCA) will host its 2019 Cancer Summit on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.  The Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) and Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Center have jointly contributed to Mayo Clinic’s Platinum Sponsorship of the event.  The [...]
Mayo Clinic Platinum Sponsor for Cancer Summit Minnesota 2019
Feb 18, 2019

OHDR Pilot Study Partner, Project Legacy, Advocates Park Name Change to Commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The realization that Rochester, a major city, unlike most major cities in America, does not have a street or public venue named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prompted a community action group, which saw an opportunity to create a tangible reflection of MLK’s message of unity, to recommend renaming [...]
OHDR Pilot Study Partner, Project Legacy, Advocates Park Name Change to Commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Feb 5, 2019

Cultivating H.O.P.E. (Health Outcomes from Positive Experiences) - A New Approach for Child Maltreatment Prevention and Health Promotion

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Native American Interest Group is very pleased to host Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, (Montana Institute) and Dr. Robert Sege (Tufts University) on Wednesday, February 13th at noon Central Time. Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., is the Founding Director and a Research Scientist at The Montana Institute.  He has developed national award-winning research-based programs [...]
Cultivating H.O.P.E. (Health Outcomes from Positive Experiences) - A New Approach for Child Maltreatment Prevention and Health Promotion
Feb 5, 2019

Association of Mindfulness and Stress with Menopausal Symptoms in Midlife Women

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A Mayo Clinic research team, lead by Dr. Richa Sood, has recently published a study that found that mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, and may be especially helpful for women grappling with anxiety, depression, and irritability.  Over 1,700 patients at Mayo’s Women’s Health Clinic participated [...]
Association of Mindfulness and Stress with Menopausal Symptoms in Midlife Women
Jan 22, 2019

Cervical Cancer Screening Rates "Unacceptably Low" With Racial Disparities in Screening Rates as Well

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A Mayo Clinic study examining the percentage of women, living in Olmsted county, screened for cervical cancer, shows that the number is ‘unacceptably low’ compared to the national average. Additionally, African-American women were only half as likely to be up-to-date on their screenings as white women across the board. Asian women [...]
Cervical Cancer Screening Rates
Dec 4, 2018

NAIG: Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Advisory Council: 25 years of Partnership and Collaboration

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Office of Health Disparities Research and the Native American Interest Group welcome Dr. Allen Brown’s talk that will be informative for anyone working with or seeking to form a community advisory board. At NARO’s October organizational advisory board meeting attended by tribal health directors and Mayo representative, a recommendation [...]
NAIG: Mayo Clinic's Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Advisory Council: 25 years of Partnership and Collaboration
Nov 16, 2018

Mayo Clinic Well Represented at 2018 AACR Science of Health Disparities Conference

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The 11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved was held November 2nd-5th in New Orleans.  OHDR Pilot Awardee Lewis Roberts, MB, ChB, PhD, chaired an Education Session entitled Progress in Liver Cancer-From From Screening to Survivorship, with Chee-Chee Stucky, MD, [...]
Mayo Clinic Well Represented at 2018 AACR Science of Health Disparities Conference
Nov 16, 2018

Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's Disease--Does it Matter?

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
In a recently published article, Mayo clinician researcher Michelle Mielke, PhD, discusses issues surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of studying sex and gender differences in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of Alzheimer’s Disease at all levels, including basic science studies, clinical research, and clinical trials.  She and her co-authors [...]
Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's Disease--Does it Matter?
Nov 9, 2018

Pediatric Cancer Researcher Awarded $1.1M Quantum Grant

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Hyundai Hope on Wheels recently awarded Richard Vile, PhD, a $1.1M Quantum Grant, funds specifically awarded to support research on pediatric cancers with low survival rates.  Dr. Vile and his research team, who develop experimental cancer therapies based on stimulating antitumor immune responses, will use the grant to focus on [...]
Pediatric Cancer Researcher Awarded $1.1M Quantum Grant
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