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OHDR names 2018 Pilot Project awardees

October 30th, 2017

OHDR names 2018 Pilot Project awardees

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

The Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) has awarded funding for three 2018 Pilot Projects that align with OHDR’s two-fold mission of advancing health disparities research and increasing minority participation in clinical trials. OHDR is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2018 round of Pilot Projects: Megan Allyse, Ph.D., Health Care Policy & […]

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Tags: health disparities research, Mark L. Wieland M.D., Mayo Clinic, Megan Allyse PhD, Samuel Antwi PhD


September 29th, 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 the elderly and ethnic minorities […]

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Tags: clinical trials, news, researchers, top news


September 22nd, 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 Opportunities for Health Equity.”  Key […]

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Tags: david williams, health disparities research, keynote, Mayo Clinic, news, racism, retreat, social determinants of health, top news


September 8th, 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 of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells […]

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Tags: health disparities research, Henrietta Lacks, LaPrincess Brewer M.D., Mayo Clinic, minority participation in research, nasra giama, richard sharp PhD


August 17th, 2017

David Williams, Ph.D. — Keynote for 2017 OHDR Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

As the Office of Health Disparities Research prepares for its 2017 Annual Retreat, word is spreading about the event’s keynote speaker, David Williams, Ph.D. Dr. Williams will share highlights of his illustrious career as a health disparities researcher, author and educator; and his development of the “Everyday Discrimination Scale.” Dr. William’s August 22 keynote address kicks off […]

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July 28th, 2017

Powwow for Hope: Reaching out to Native American Communities

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

Michele Fairbanks, an Ojibwe specialist at American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, visited the Mayo Clinic booth at the Powwow for Hope. In May, Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) hosted a booth at the 6th annual Powwow for Hope in Minneapolis to provide outreach on cancer research to Native American communities. […]

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Tags: American Indian Cancer Foundation, health disparities, Mayo Clinic, mayo clinic cancer center, Native American


July 27th, 2017

Mayo Health Disparities Researcher: Invited Speaker at Breast Density and Cancer Risk Workshop

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

Dr. Carmen Radecki Breitkopf was an invited lecturer at the 8th International Breast Density and Cancer Risk Assessment Workshop, in San Francisco, CA, June 7-9, 2017. The title of her talk was “Communicating Risk and Density Information to Wom-en.” The presentation addressed cancer risk communication, breast density notifica-tion as a form of risk communication, and […]

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July 12th, 2017

Is It Fair to Expect Students From Minority Backgrounds to ‘Give Back’ in Their Careers?

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

Imagine you are a medical student and you’ve received financial aid based on your status as a member of a minority or low-income group. Should you be expected to pursue a career serving in underserved communities? Not if society wants to tackle social inequity, according to a recent commentary published in the AMA Journal of […]

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Tags: health disparities, Jon Tilburt MD, Mayo Clinic, medical students, minority students


May 31st, 2017

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

Keynote speaker Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHMD), gave the talk “NIMHD’s Research Agenda to Improve the Health of Racial and Ethnic Minorities”  

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Tags: Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stabile, mayo, Mayo Clinic, news, OHDR, ohdr retreat, rochester mn, top news


March 24th, 2017

Health Disparities in Minneapolis’ Underserved Communities to Be Discussed

By Sumedha Penheiter sumedhapenheiter

Join the Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) for a special research presentation by Southside Community Health Services (“Southside”), which provides medical and dental services to one of Minneapolis’ most underserved neighborhoods.

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Tags: community health, health disparities, health equity, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news, news, Southside Community Health Services


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