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May 21, 2019

MAYO CLINIC SPREADS HPV-CANCER AWARENESS

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

SOMEONE YOU LOVE: THE HPV EPIDEMIC Join the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Eliminating HPV-Induced Cancers Watch Preview of Film Both women and men are living with and dying from HPV-related cancers every single day. This documentary reveals some of the faces of HPV and sheds light on the risks, myths, problems, politics, misconceptions and […]

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Tags: health disparities, Mayo Clinic, mayo clinic cancer center, news


Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact

April 29, 2019

Culturally relevant health app shows positive impact

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

By Jay Furst Mobile apps are popular sources of fast and easily digested consumer health information. But can they actually help in measurable ways to make you more healthy? According to a pilot study by Mayo Clinic researchers, they can if the content is presented in a culturally relevant, targeted and engaging way — and […]

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Tags: African Americans, FAITH! Program, health disparities research, LaPrincess Brewer M.D., Mayo Clinic, news


Listening to the needs of faith communities -- Research from the ground up

April 12, 2019

Listening to the needs of faith communities — Research from the ground up

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

What if a team of researchers came into your neighborhood to develop healthy living programs — tailored just for you? Mayo Clinic is collaborating with communities in just this way, using research as a bridge to better health. Coordinated by Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research, teams are using a methodology called community-based participatory […]

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Tags: CBPR, Christopher Pullins M.D., community-based participatory research, FAITH! Program, Floyd B. Willis M.D., health disparities research, LaPrincess Brewer M.D., Mayo Clinic, news, Richard O. White M.D.


February 28, 2019

Help for Native American patients at Mayo Clinic

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

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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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Native American, news


February 28, 2019

Mayo Clinic Cardiology Researcher Heralded as a ‘Change Maker’

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

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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Tags: health disparities, Minnesota news, news


February 18, 2019

The Role of the Black Church in Public Health

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

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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Tags: community partner, Mayo Clinic, news


February 18, 2019

Mayo Clinic Platinum Sponsor for Cancer Summit Minnesota 2019

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

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 Sumedha Penheiter

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 Sumedha Penheiter

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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Tags: health disparities, Mayo Clinic, news


January 22, 2019

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

By Sumedha Penheiter Sumedha Penheiter

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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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news, news


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