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April 24, 2019 · Leave a Comment

My Life Matters: Mammogram for Life!

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Minnesota women. Tribal women of the Northern Plains Region of the Indian Health Services region have higher mortality rates (26.2 vs 22.8 per 100,000) and higher mortality rates across every age (0-31 years to 65 and older), compared to the region’s non-Hispanic white women. The mortality to […]

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Tags: Native American, news, research


February 28, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Help for Native American patients at Mayo Clinic

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

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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December 4, 2018 · Leave a Comment

NAIG: Mayo Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Advisory Council: 25 years of Partnership and Collaboration

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

The Office of Health Disparities Research and the Native American Interest Group welcome Dr. Allen Brown’s talk that will be informative for anyone working with or seeking to form a community advisory board. At NARO’s October organizational advisory board meeting attended by tribal health directors and Mayo representative, a recommendation was made that hearing from […]

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November 2, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Beyond Ancestry: The Production and Consumption of Genetic Knowledge

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

The Office of Health Disparities Research and the Native American Interest Group welcome Dr. Jessica Blanchard, a Research Scientist at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research and the Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research.  Her research focuses broadly on the reduction of health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native and other underrepresented communities, […]

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Tags: health disparities, NAIG, Native American, news


May 23, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Native Voices Exhibition Coming to Mayo Clinic June 4

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition prepared by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, will visit Rochester, Minnesota: June 4–July 5, 2018 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Siebens Building SL-104 (Hage Atrium), Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota Free and open to the public Native Voices explores the […]

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Tags: Brenda Child, health disparities, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota news, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Native American, news, NIH


March 9, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Diversity Efforts: Engaging With American Indian Groups, Addressing Underrepresentation of African-Americans in Research

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

In October 2017, the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research’s Native American Research Outreach (NARO) program hosted a conference entitled “A Path toward Better Health among Bemidji Area American Indians.” Participants included representatives of six tribal nations, 10 Native health and social service agencies and 16 Mayo Clinic departments. The conference opened discussion between and among […]

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Tags: African-American, Christopher Pullins, health disparities, Healthy Churches 2020, LaPrincess Brewer, Mayo Clinic, minority health, Native American, news, Wesley Petersen


July 28, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Powwow for Hope: Reaching out to Native American Communities

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

Michele Fairbanks, an Ojibwe specialist at American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, visited the Mayo Clinic booth at the Powwow for Hope. In May, Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Disparities Research (OHDR) hosted a booth at the 6th annual Powwow for Hope in Minneapolis to provide outreach on cancer research to Native American communities. […]

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Tags: American Indian Cancer Foundation, health disparities, Mayo Clinic, mayo clinic cancer center, Native American, news


April 19, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Researchers Partner with Navajo Nation on Smoke-Free Policies

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

Since the 1970s, exposure to secondhand smoke has decreased dramatically in the U.S. with implementation of smoke-free policies in many states and communities. However, these protections do not apply on tribal lands, where secondhand smoke continues to pose a health risk in indoor environments like workplaces and casinos. Mayo researcher Scott Leischow, Ph.D., Hematology/Oncology/Health Sciences Research, […]

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Tags: Arizona news, health disparities, Mayo Clinic, Native American, Navajo Nation, news, Scott Leischow Ph.D., secondhand smoke, smoke-free policy, tobacco control


May 18, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tribal Collaboration Proposes Research on Colorectal Cancer Screening

By Sumedha G. Penheiter Sumedha G. Penheiter (@sumedhapenheiter)

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Tags: colorectal cancer, Dr Wesley Petersen, health disparities, Indian Health Service, Minnesota news, Native American, news, Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation


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