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February 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, neuro, rehab, public health, and […]

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February 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 on devising strategies to reduce […]

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February 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 faith-based institutions in the African […]

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February 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 Summit gives attendees—who represent a […]

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February 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 a neighborhood park in Rev. […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, news, project


February 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 during a two year period; […]

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January 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 were nearly 30 percent less […]

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December 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 was made that hearing from […]

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November 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 can attend the meeting remotely […]

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Tags: health disparities, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news


November 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, serving on that panel presenting […]

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