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Terms & Conditions

Your use of this site means that you agree to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, do not use the site.

The materials in this site are provided "AS IS" and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. HHRI does not warrant that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects will be corrected. HHRI also does not warrant that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.


This site contains intellectual property owned by Hennepin Healthcare and others. No material from HHRINSTITUTE.ORG or any Web site owned, operated, licensed or controlled by Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute or any of its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies (collectively, "HHRI"), may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without the prior written permission of HHRI, except that you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose is a violation of HHRI's copyright and other proprietary rights.

If you download software from HHRINSTITUTE.ORG, the software, including any files, images incorporated in or generated by the software, and data accompanying the software (collectively, the "Software") are licensed to you by HHRI. HHRI does not transfer title to the Software to you. You own the medium on which the Software is recorded, but HHRI retains full and complete title to the Software and all intellectual property rights therein. You may not redistribute, sell, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Software to a human-perceivable form.

All comments, suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts or other information disclosed or offered to HHRI by this site or in response to solicitations in this site (collectively, the "Responses") shall become the property of HHRI. HHRI does not have any obligation of confidence and shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Responses. Unless otherwise stated, HHRI and its licensees are entitled to unrestricted use of the Responses for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you.

This site is controlled and operated by HHRI from its offices within the State of Minnesota, United States of America. Anyone who accesses this site from other locations does so on their own initiative and is responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. Software from this site is further subject to United States export controls. No software from this site may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported into (or to a national or resident of) of any country to which the US has restricted exports. By downloading or using the Software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country.

This agreement is effective until terminated by either party. Upon termination you must destroy all materials obtained from any and all HHRI site(s) and all related documentation and all copies and installations thereof, whether made under the terms of this agreement or otherwise.

Links Not Endorsed

Please note: Links are provided for reference purposes only. Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute has not evaluated the information provided on every site it links to, and their appearance here does not constitute an endorsement of any organization or the contents of the information on the site.

Donor List Policy

HHRI values the privacy of its donors. HHRI does not sell or rent its donor list, or any portion of its donor list, with any other entity. After making a donation to HHRI, donors may expect to be contacted in the future by HHRI. Donors may also expect publication of their names only in the HHRI annual report or other periodic publication, unless the donor has requested anonymity. If you wish such anonymity, please check the appropriate box for your online or pledge card donation, send a letter to HHRI at 701 Park Ave, Suite PP7.700, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or email

User Privacy

You have come to this page from a website produced by Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI). We recognize the importance of privacy to visitors to the HHRI website, and we want every user (you) to know how we collect and use information about you when you visit our Web sites. This privacy policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit this Web site, and how we may use that information.

Information We May Gather When You Visit the HHRI Web Site

Like most other web servers, HHRI's web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses our website. These "access logs" allow us to make our website more useful to our visitors. The access logs do not record a visitor's name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, or any other personally identifying information. Rather, these log files may contain some or all of the following information:

  • The date of the visit
  • The time and length of the visit
  • The path taken through the website
  • The browser being used
  • A list of files downloaded or viewed
  • The amount of time spent listening to audio files
  • The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the machine accessing our website*
  • Any errors encountered

*Most Internet Service Providers use a "dynamic" form of assigning IP Addresses. This means that a visitor may have a different IP Address each time he or she visits an HHRI website. Also, many Internet Service Providers use "Proxy servers" which provide even more anonymity for visitors.

We use this information to aid the technical administration of the website and to better understand how the site is functioning for its users. This information may be used in aggregate form. At present, this information is not correlated with your personally identifiable information, if you have provided us with this data, to provide special "personalized" services.

At present, we do not use "cookies" or a similar technology to track your visits or record or update information about you.

Information You Give Us

HHRI does not collect personally-identifying information from the HHRI website unless you choose to provide that information to us. Visitors under the age of 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before sending any personally-identifying information to HHRI.

Name and Contact Information

HHRI may ask visitors (you) to provide certain personal information when you: sign up for an email list; request information; purchase products or services; contribute material that may be used on the website; or use an HHRI form to make a donation to HHRI. HHRI tells you whether a specific piece of information is required at the time it is requested.

This information may be used by HHRI to: verify your identity; gather your editorial comments and feedback; contact you for additional information; and fulfill your order or request. HHRI may also use this information for marketing and promotional purposes. By providing this information, you may receive occasional mail or email from HHRI.

HHRI does not share, exchange, rent, or sell any of its lists to any unrelated third parties.

If you do not want your name and contact information to be used by HHRI for its own marketing and promotional purposes, you may indicate this at the time you provide the information. If an "opt-out" option is not offered, or you decide after you have provided this information that you do not want HHRI to use your information in this way, you may also notify us in an email addressed to

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) offers a Mail Preference Service that is designed to assist consumers in decreasing the amount of nonprofit or commercial mail they receive at home. For more information about this service, visit the DMA Web site at: and click on the "Consumers" tab.

Demographic and Profile Information

HHRI occasionally conducts online surveys, sometimes in association with a contest or other offer. These surveys may ask you for demographic information such as ZIP code, age, education or income level. This information is used in an aggregate form to help us understand our audiences and improve our services. Demographic and profile information may be shared with selected third-party organizations, only on an aggregate basis, to describe the nature of our online audiences.

Contact HHRI

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or any practices on the HHRI website, please send an email to us at  or send a letter by regular mail to:

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
701 Park Ave, Suite PP7.700
Minneapolis, MN 55415

HHRI reserves the right to change this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page as soon as reasonably possible, so please check this page periodically.


Your use of the HHRI website constitutes consent to any policy then in effect.

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