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Apr 9, 2018 · Native American Interest Group to Discuss AICAF’s Strategies for Minimizing Health Disparities

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 Cancer Foundation (AICAF). AICAF is a national non-profit organization established to address cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations by supporting innovative, community-based interventions that engage Native populations in the discovery of their own cancer best practices. OHDR has been a sponsor of AICAF’s largest annual fundraiser — Powwow for Hope — for six consecutive years.

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to Dr. Wes Petersen by email or phone at 507-266- 2204. Remote attendance is available. Learn more.

Apr 9, 2018 · Most patients comfortable with sexual orientation and gender identity questions, research finds

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 – which researchers say are important to reduce health disparities among LGBTI patients – would offend patients. The findings were published today in Health Services Research.

The research received support from the Mayo Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine, the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research, the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

“This article originally appeared on the Mayo Clinic News Network

Apr 9, 2018 · OHDR-Funded Fellow Is 2018 AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research

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

Narjust Duma, MD, a clinical fellow in Hematology/Oncology, hasLocal-EWH-4668-0 - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 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 in Lung Cancer, will be Poster 1 at the Section 11, April 17 poster session of the AACR’s Annual Meeting, which runs April 14-19, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Dr. Duma’s study was funded by OHDR, which congratulates her on this recognition.

Apr 9, 2018 · Familiar Faces at Latino Cancer Conference

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 Clinic Professor of Medicine, and Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the NIMHD and 2016 OHDR Retreat keynote speaker. OHDR Steering Committee members Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD, and Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD, also made significant contributions. Dr. Radecki Breitkopf presented a poster, The LLEAD Study (Latinas Learning About Density): A 3-Arm RCT to Examine Psychological and Behavioral Effects of Density Inform Legislation in a U.S. Federally-Qualified Health Center, and Dr. Colon-Otero participated in a panel, presenting The Biology of Breast Cancer Disparities in Hispanics: Current Knowledge, Gaps, and Research Opportunities. OHDR-funded researcher Narjust Duma, MD, was also in attendance. Her work on disparities in clinical trial enrollment was cited in Dr. Pérez-Stable’s Keynote Address.

Apr 9, 2018 · OHDR—Arizona Invests in Local and Global Outreach, Serving Those Most in Need

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

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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 most at-risk and under-served youth and adults. Esperança and Mayo Clinic have a long-standing collaborative partnership: OHDR participated in Esperança’s 2018-2020 Phoenix Program strategic planning for delivering health and disease prevention education to underserved children and their families (Farhia Omar) and provided evaluation/research technical assistance (Dr. Janet Okamoto). Mayo’s Marion Kelly, Community & Business Relations Director, was one of the Hope Breakfast keynote speakers (photo). The 400+ community attendees were inspired to engage in efforts in Phoenix, Arizona, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Uganda, Peru, and Mozambique involving disease prevention, volunteer surgical programs, food security, water, sanitation, and secure housing. MORE INFORMATION

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