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Dr Casey Dorr

Casey Dorr joins CTSI to co-direct its summer programs

December 16, 2021

(University of Minnesota) — Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute investigator Casey Dorr, PhD, has joined the University of Minnesota’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to co-direct its two summer training programs: the Pathways to Research Program (PReP) and the Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP).  PReP provides an opportunity for students from populations…

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HHRI studying tele-psychotherapy vs. tele-yoga for depression

December 10, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has been approved for $1.4 million of an $8.7 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the efficacy of Hatha Yoga as a treatment for depression. Co-PIs Louisa Sylvia, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and Lisa Uebelacker, PhD,…

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CDC study including Hennepin County data finds that people experiencing homelessness had significantly lower vaccination coverage compared to all residents living in the same area

December 6, 2021

In consultation with public health and housing assistance partners, CDC identified six urban, public health jurisdictions, including Hennepin County, with data on COVID-19 vaccination coverage among people experiencing homelessness. The vaccination data was reported between December 13, 2020 and August 31, 2021. The vaccination coverage and population size for the…

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Dr Kate Diaz Vickery

Kate Vickery research highlighted by CTSI

December 1, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) investigator Kate Diaz Vickery, MD, MSc, was featured in a spotlight for the University of Minnesota’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) 10th anniversary. Dr. Vickery is the Co-Director of the Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice lab. CTSI highlighted Dr. Vickery and nine other researchers for…

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Hennepin Healthcare System is one of AARP 2021 Quality Measure Innovation Grant Award Winners

November 12, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare System was one of the two organizations to win the 2021 AARP Quality Measures Innovation Grant. The announcement was made virtually at the Gerontological Society of America’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hennepin Healthcare System received a $150,000 grant to develop innovative health quality measures to enhance patient care…

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Increasing Trust is Key to Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Threats to Health

November 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health of communities worldwide, researchers say that patients’ trust in the medical profession has never been more important as the health care community seeks to administer COVID vaccines en masse. Patients’ trust in the medical profession – and clinicians’ trust in their…

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Dr Bart Suicide Prevention

Dr. Bart Studies Taking Suicide Prevention into Primary Care Settings

October 27, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to destroy the nation. In 2020, the number of drug overdose deaths increased to approximately 93,000, including about 69,500 deaths involving opioid drugs. Unfortunately, suicide, a second epidemic, also claims tens of thousands of lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45,000 people…

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Statewide research program to address impact of racism on cardiovascular health inequities

October 19, 2021

People in Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and communities of color experience some of the worst health disparities in the United States. A new research center, the Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota (C2DREAM), led by the University of Minnesota (U of M) and Mayo Clinic, will research the impact…

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Dr Tyler Winkelman

Dr. Winkelman talks about EHR Consortium and COVID-19 on Healthy Matters on WCCO radio

September 28, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare physician and HHRI researcher Dr. Tyler Winkelman was Dr. David Hilden’s guest Healthy Matters on WCCO 830-AM radio on Sunday, September 26, talking about the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Consortium, COVID-19 vaccinations and stats, health equity, and how Minnesota collaborates. Dr. Winkelman leads the Minnesota consortium. Their mission is to improve health…

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Dr. Cory Schaffhausen

Embedding Human-Centered Design and LHS Research in the Transplantation System

September 23, 2021

Cory Schaffhausen, PhD, a Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) investigator, was recently featured in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health news where he discussed using the Learning Health System (LHS) model to design a tool to support the organ transplant decision process. Dr. Schaffhausen stated that the current…

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Paulette Baukol

CTSI creates new community member leadership role, welcomes Paulette Baukol

August 25, 2021

Paulette Baukol, a Lead Research Project Manager at the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), has been selected by the Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) Management Council to serve as its first Community Co-Chair. The position is a new…

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Hologram Kidney

U.S. Kidney Transplant Survival Rates Continue to Improve

August 19, 2021

Long-term survival rates of kidney transplant patients in the U.S. have increased over the last three decades, but there are opportunities to further improve these outcomes, according to a review article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, transplants are a…

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Dr David Darrow

Appointment of a University of Minnesota Medical School faculty member as the Rockswold-Kaplan Endowed Chair at Hennepin Healthcare begins a new era of collaboration

August 2, 2021

by hennepinmedical — The Rockswold-Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury was created in 2014 to advance research and innovations at the Hennepin Healthcare Traumatic Brain Injury Center. This endowed chair was funded by the generosity of Elliot and Eloise Kaplan in gratitude for the care Eloise received, and by…

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Study identifies racial/ethnic and language inequities in ways patients obtain COVID-19 virus testing

July 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented disruption to health care delivery, with resources shifted toward telehealth services and mass viral testing. While early studies in the pandemic highlighted differences in health care utilization among patients with commercial insurance, data from publicly insured or uninsured “safety-net” patient populations continue to emerge.…

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Medication Access for Opioid Use Disorder Lower Among Those Involved with Criminal Justice System

April 5, 2021

Medicaid Expansion Helped Increase Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, but Limitations Exist to Broadening Access. Approximately 6.5 million people are under correctional supervision in the United States on any given day. Justice-involved individuals (people currently or recently in prison or jail, on probation or parole, or arrested) experience…

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Dr. Johansen Receives NKF J. Michael Lazarus Award for Dedication to Kidney Health

March 24, 2021

Each year the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) considers the work of hundreds of specialists in the field of nephrology and selects among them those who most exemplify the relentless efforts of NKF to enhance the lives of patients through action, education, and accelerating change. NKF presents this award each year to…

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What a Kidney Transplant Means for You or a Loved One

March 7, 2021

HHRI investigators Warren McKinney, PhD, and Ajay Israni, MD, MS, were guests on the African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Black Leadership Re-Defined radio show and podcast series on KMOJ (89.9FM) radio on March 7.  They joined host Sylvia Bartley, PhD, to discuss the intricacies of kidney transplantation as well as…

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Walz, Flanagan Announce Groundbreaking Partnership Between State of Minnesota, Health Care Systems on Race and Ethnicity Data Collection

March 5, 2021

— State announces additional, targeted strategies to promote equity in vaccination — The Walz-Flanagan Administration announced publication of vaccination data by race and ethnicity made possible through the groundbreaking partnership between the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Electronic Health Record (EHR) Consortium. This unique and innovative collaboration between public…

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Dr. Bart talks about meth addiction and treatment on Healthy Matters on WCCO radio

January 25, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare physician and HHRI investigator Dr. Gavin Bart was Dr. David Hilden’s guest Healthy Matters on WCCO 830-AM radio on Sunday, January 24, talking about meth addiction and treatment. Methamphetamine use is increasing across the country and in Minnesota has surpassed opioid use as a leading cause (behind only…

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Breaking Through the Wall of Stigma in Healthcare

January 22, 2021

Stigma is a huge barrier for people with opioid use disorder and is particularly problematic in healthcare.  In a series of NIH videos, Gavin Bart, MD, PhD, talks about the stigma in healthcare around substance use disorders, barriers to treatment, and empowering people and humanizing addiction.   Read more about…

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