Mayo Clinic's Native American Research-Related Activities is comprised of the Native American Interest Group and the Native American Research Outreach program, both of which both use research and clinical experience to address the Upper Midwestern region’s tribal and urban Indian health priorities to improve health and well-being.
Unconscious bias, also called implicit bias, affects health care providers every day, especially when they are stressed or tired. Swift and automatic, it can reduce quality of care and even lead to medical errors.
Michelle van Ryn, Ph.D., HSR – Health Care Policy and Research, is Principal Investigator of Mayo’s Research Group on Equity and Inclusion in Health Care. “All of us, despite the best of all possible intentions, are affected by unconscious processes. It affects what we see, how we react, how we feel, how we behave. If we’re not aware of it and taking measures to counter it, it affects quality of care.”
Watch Dr. van Ryn describe her research in this video:
Reducing liver disease in immigrant African communities
With funding from the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR), a team led by Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., is working to help reduce high rates of liver disease in immigrant African communities.
“The diseases that we study — hepatitis and liver cancer — have a huge impact on communities, because they cause illness in individuals who are in the prime of their lives, in their most productive years,” says Dr. Roberts.
Watch Dr. Roberts describe his research in this video: