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May 1, 2018

Racial Disparities in Myeloma Treatment Nationwide

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Blood cancer specialist Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D., was working in a county hospital in California several years ago when he became aware of a trend in cancer care that was concerning. “I noticed patient profiles from different racial subgroups seemed to get different treatments and have different outcomes,” says Dr. Ailawadhi, [...]
Racial Disparities in Myeloma Treatment Nationwide
Apr 9, 2018

Native American Interest Group to Discuss AICAF’s Strategies for Minimizing Health Disparities

By Silvana De Lorenzo @silvanabde
The April Native American Interest Group presentation, sponsored by Mayo Clinic's Native American Research Outreach program, will be held Tuesday, April 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Presenters will be Nurse Educator Lois Brown and Cancer Equity Manager Amber Ruffin of the American Indian [...]
Native American Interest Group to Discuss AICAF’s Strategies for Minimizing Health Disparities
Apr 9, 2018

Most patients comfortable with sexual orientation and gender identity questions, research finds

By Silvana De Lorenzo @silvanabde
Most patients comfortable with sexual orientation and gender identity questions, research finds ROCHESTER, Minn. — New Mayo Clinic research suggests up to 97 percent of patients are comfortable with their health care provider asking sexual orientation and gender identity questions. Before this research, it was unclear if the questions – [...]
Most patients comfortable with sexual orientation and gender identity questions, research finds
Apr 9, 2018

OHDR-Funded Fellow Is 2018 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research

By Silvana De Lorenzo @silvanabde
OHDR-Funded Fellow Is 2018 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Narjust Duma, MD, a clinical fellow in Hematology/Oncology, has received the 2018 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research award from the American Association of Cancer Research’s Minorities in Cancer Re-search membership group. Dr. Duma’s abstract, Influence of Sociodemographic Factors on Treatment Decisions [...]
OHDR-Funded Fellow Is 2018 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research
Apr 9, 2018

Familiar Faces at Latino Cancer Conference

By Silvana De Lorenzo @silvanabde
Familiar Faces at Latino Cancer Conference Latinos will face a 142% rise in cancer in coming years. The inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference tackled Latino cancer with health researchers, oncologists, professionals, leaders and students from across the world. The keynote speakers included Edith Perez, MD, Mayo [...]
Apr 9, 2018

OHDR—Arizona Invests in Local and Global Outreach, Serving Those Most in Need

By Silvana De Lorenzo @silvanabde
OHDR—Arizona Invests in Local and Global Outreach, Serving Those Most in Need Mayo Clinic, through OHDR-Arizona, sponsored the 8th Annual Hope Breakfast for the international development nonprofit Esperança, which serves the poorest in the Phoenix community and abroad. Esperança is a leader in providing health education and resources to Phoenix’s [...]
OHDR—Arizona Invests in Local and Global Outreach, Serving Those Most in Need
Mar 9, 2018

Mayo Clinic Diversity Efforts: Engaging With American Indian Groups, Addressing Underrepresentation of African-Americans in Research

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
In October 2017, the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research's Native American Research Outreach (NARO) program hosted a conference entitled “A Path toward Better Health among Bemidji Area American Indians.” Participants included representatives of six tribal nations, 10 Native health and social service agencies and 16 Mayo Clinic departments. The conference [...]
Mayo Clinic Diversity Efforts: Engaging With American Indian Groups, Addressing Underrepresentation of African-Americans in Research
Mar 1, 2018

Research Establishes Questions to Address Unmet Needs of Patients With Disabilities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
To address inequities for patients with disabilities, research led by Mayo Clinic has established six essential questions for health care organizations to ask at the point of care. The broad, evidence-based questions are a first step in determining unmet needs of individual patients for whom disabilities are not always easily [...]
Research Establishes Questions to Address Unmet Needs of Patients With Disabilities
Feb 19, 2018

New Study Will Engage African-American Community in Alzheimer's Outreach

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
While it is known that Alzheimer’s is a disease of aging, there are other factors that increase our risk for this condition. As the prevalence of Alzheimer’s rises from an estimated 5.5 million people in the U.S. to as high as 16 million in 2050, researchers are looking at how the [...]
New Study Will Engage African-American Community in Alzheimer's Outreach
Sep 29, 2017

AACR Highlights Mayo Clinic Researcher's Study on Underrepresentation of Elderly and Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The American Association for Cancer Research featured a study, led by Mayo Clinic’s Narjust Duma, MD, in a national press release related to its 2017 Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Dr. Duma’s study, internally funded by Mayo Clinic, established that [...]
AACR Highlights Mayo Clinic Researcher's Study on Underrepresentation of Elderly and Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials
Sep 22, 2017

2017 OHDR Retreat Keynote Address by David R. Williams, Ph.D.

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Approximately 100 researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators from all three Mayo Clinic campuses attended the 2017 Office of Health Disparities retreat, held Aug. 22–23 in Rochester, Minn. The event kicked off with an inspiring keynote address presented by David R. Williams, Ph.D., Harvard University, entitled "The House That Racism Built: Consequences and [...]
2017 OHDR Retreat Keynote Address by David R. Williams, Ph.D.
Sep 8, 2017

Lessons From Henrietta Lacks’ Story: Improving Research Collaboration With Patients, Communities

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Stunned, surprised and moved — These are just some of the reactions people shared in a discussion on ethics, race and medicine after viewing the movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, at the Science at the Cinema event in Rochester, Minnesota, held in August. The film tells the compelling story [...]
Lessons From Henrietta Lacks’ Story: Improving Research Collaboration With Patients, Communities
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