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HHRI News & Press Releases

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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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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Hennepin Healthcare takes a pulse of the pandemic

September 10, 2020

by hennepinmedical — COVID-19’s rapid arrival in Minnesota in March 2020 created myriad changes across the community – and a snapshot of that impact is now available in a report from Hennepin Healthcare. A collaboration for quality improvement between Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) emerged to design…

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Hennepin Healthcare partners with University of Minnesota on COVID-19 clinical trials of blood pressure drug losartan

April 20, 2020

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have begun enrolling patients in newly launched clinical trials involving a blood pressure medication, losartan, as a potential treatment for those recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Both studies are multi-site trials, one for patients requiring hospitalization and the other…

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Exploratory study identifies key factors associated with time pressure in primary care clinicians

February 28, 2020

Physicians often feel pressed for time during the standard primary care visit. Recent studies have shown that shorter visits are not only common but also lead to unaddressed health issues and a diminished understanding of patient concerns. Thus, it is critical to understand the relationship between time pressure, worklife factors…

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Transplant Center Search Tool

New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria

February 24, 2020

A new website developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is making it easier for organ transplant candidates to choose which transplant center is right for them. The website, transplantcentersearch.org, was developed for candidates seeking kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants. Data…

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NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term

HHRI researchers awarded NIH HEAL Initiative funding to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis

October 29, 2019

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to accelerate scientific solutions to stop the nation’s opioid crisis. Its research focus is on improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction and enhancing pain management. HHRI investigators across disciplines are at…

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ASPREE-XT (eXTension) study receives $42.3 million to determine longer-term effects of aspirin on health

July 31, 2019

The ASPREE-XT (eXTension)* study was recently awarded $42.3 million in funding from the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year grant enables researchers to study if there are possible long-term health benefits of being on low-dose aspirin. ASPREE-XT is led by the Berman Center…

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Study shows trust is an important attribute to clinician satisfaction; identifies characteristics associated with gender, organizational climate

June 21, 2019

There is a new emphasis on clinician trust in healthcare organizations, but little data about how to build trust and what favorable outcomes might result from doing so. In a prospective study of data collected as part of a randomized control trial, researchers used a previously validated measure to assess…

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