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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 27, 2018

OHDR Journal Club "A Community-Partnered Approach to Developing Church-Based Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities Among African-Americans and Latinos"

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (MN) (2:00pm-3:00pm FL and 12:00pm-1:00pm AZ) Rochester BioBusiness Building 5-22 Conference room "A Community-Partnered Approach to Developing Church-Based Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities Among African-Americans and Latinos" presented by Chandrika Manjunath                   Participants [...]
OHDR Journal Club
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
Nov 9, 2018

Mayo Clinic Team Bridging Basic and Clinical Research to Improve Women's Health Awarded $6.1 Million

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have awarded Mayo Clinic a $6.2 million grant to fund a Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on sex differences. The overarching theme of the project, entitled Sex-Specific Effects of Endocrine Disruption on Aging and Alzheimer’s [...]
Mayo Clinic Team Bridging Basic and Clinical Research to Improve Women's Health Awarded $6.1 Million
Nov 2, 2018

Beyond Ancestry: The Production and Consumption of Genetic Knowledge

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Office of Health Disparities Research and the Native American Interest Group welcome Dr. Jessica Blanchard, a Research Scientist at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research and the Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research.  Her research focuses broadly on the reduction of health disparities in American Indian/Alaska [...]
Beyond Ancestry: The Production and Consumption of Genetic Knowledge
Oct 26, 2018

NCI Awards $3.1M for Development of Breast Cancer Risk Model

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A team of Mayo researchers, led by Amy Degnim, MD, a breast surgeon in Rochester, and Mark Sherman, MD, an epidemiologist and laboratory medicine and pathology researcher in Jacksonville, has received a $3.1 M grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a breast cancer prediction model to help guide [...]
NCI Awards $3.1M for Development of Breast Cancer Risk Model
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
Oct 5, 2018

2018 Office of Health Disparities Retreat Summary

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
2018 OHDR Retreat Summary Featuring Keynotes by Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, and Pernessa Seele, PhD. Tuesday-Wednesday, August 7-8, 2018 The 2018 Retreat was attended by over 170 researchers, clinicians, educators, and administrators gathered from all three Mayo campuses in Arizona, Florida, Midwest, and the MCHS, and from over 50 departments [...]
2018 Office of Health Disparities Retreat Summary
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
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