Office of Health Disparities Research

Addressing Health Disparities is Our Priority.

Native American Interest Group

OHDR's Native American Interest Group (NAIG) sponsors a monthly presentation series featuring a broad range of speakers on Indian health topics. Meetings are open to the public and attended in person and remotely by a national audience that includes the Indian Health Service and the Veterans Administration.

Previous presentations

Darin Prescott, D.N.P.


Date and time to be announced.

Darin Prescott is director of Community Health & Social Services and clinic CEO of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. He will speak about health issues and initiatives of the tribe, including the recently opened Lower Sioux Health Care Center.

This presentation will be streamed live at

Native American Research Outreach

NAROThe Native American Research Outreach (NARO) aims to use Mayo Clinic’s research and clinical experience to address the Upper Midwestern region’s tribal and urban Indian health priorities to improve health and well-being. To achieve this, NARO builds collaborative, mutually beneficial research and education relationships among tribal and urban Indian health leaders, Native research organizations, and Mayo Clinic investigators and educators.

NARO seeks nonbinding, nonexclusive partnerships between all of the region’s Native communities and the Mayo Clinic Office Health Disparities Research (OHDR). The OHDR through NARO has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with multiple tribes, Native health organizations and Native research entities.

Projects Facilitated by NARO

  • American Cancer Society project to identify theoretical health mediators that differentiate mammographic screening participation of adherent and non-adherent women. Principal investigator: Wesley Petersen, Ph.D.
  • Project to study follow-up testing patterns for men who have elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Principal investigator: Jon Tilburt, M.D.
  • “No Squeeze Can Defeat Me: Mammograms for Life” study funded through the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative of Minnesota Department of Health: uses interventions based on findings from a previous American Cancer Society project to improve mammographic screening in American Indian women who are not adherent with screening guidelines. Principal investigator: Wesley Petersen, Ph.D.
  • Potential collaborations: Projects on human papillomavirus (HPV) and on attitudes toward genetic testing. Principal investigator: Carmen Radecki-Breitkopf, Ph.D.
  • CBPR proposal to improve colorectal cancer screening. Principal investigator: Kenneth Wang, M.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

More Information

Contact Us · Privacy Policy