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Native American Research Outreach


The mission of Native American Research Outreach (NARO) is 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. Native American Research Outreach (NARO) Brochure (Ojibwe Imagery) and Native American Research Outreach (NARO) Brochure (Dakota-Lakota Imagery).

To fulfill this mission, NARO is seeking nonbinding, nonexclusive partnerships between all of the region’s Native communities and the Mayo Clinic Office Health Disparities Research. The Office of Health Disparities Research through NARO currently has signed partnerships or agreements in principle with seven tribes and Native research organizations.

Signed partnerships:

Red Lake Nation
Lower Sioux Indian Community
White Earth Nation
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
American Indian Cancer Foundation
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center)

Collaborative health disparities research activities

Facilitated by NARO: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) proposal submitted to the National Cancer Institute (under review) to improve colorectal cancer screening. Principal investigator is Kenneth K. Wang, M.D., partnering with the Red Lake Nation and the White Earth Nation.

Facilitated by NARO: Ongoing American Cancer Society project to identify theoretical health mediators that differentiate mammographic screening participation of adherent and non-adherent women.

Sponsored by NARO: Mayo Clinic Native American Interest Group. This monthly research presentation series is attended in person or by phone by a national audience that includes the Indian Health Service and the Veterans Administration.

Upcoming Native American Interest Group presentations

May 2016
Sarah-NashSarah Nash, Ph.D.
Monday, May 2, 12–1 p.m.

Dr. Nash joins us from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where she works in the Tribal Epidemiology Center as director of the Alaska Native Tumor Registry. Dr. Nash also serves as principal investigator for the Alaska Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute.

This presentation will be streamed live at

Mayo Clinic campus, Plummer 3-25A, Rochester, Minnesota
Call-in details: 1-866-365-4406, code 2844575
RSVP appreciated by March 2 to Dr. Wes Petersen at 507-266-2204 or
A box lunch will be provided to Rochester attendees who RSVP.

June 2016
Darin Prescott, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN
Time and date to be announced

Prescott is the director of Community Health & Social Services and clinic CEO of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Mr. Prescott 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

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