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Healthy aging study seeks Black elders to help advance research – Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder 4/25/24

Many people think that dementia is not preventable, but there is growing evidence that healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular exercise, not smoking tobacco, a healthy Mediterranean-type diet, and staying socially engaged help prevent and delay the onset of dementia. Dementia, or persistent and often progressive changes in memory and thinking, is about twice as common among U.S. Black older adults compared with U.S. white older adults. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in five Black older adults is living with dementia.

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Participating in the new Healthy Aging in the Senior Years-or HATS study-offers a new opportunity to help advance research in dementia in the Black population. The HATS study is designed to identify risk factors for dementia in Black patients to help prevent dementia and to help with early detection of cognitive impairment and dementia. The study is a five-year observational study-not a clinical trial, so no medications will be given-that will measure cardiovascular and other risk factors for dementia in Black community members 55 years and older in the Twin Cities. It is a collaborative study between HHRI Investigator Dr. Anne Murray and the Berman Center, part of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute in downtown Minneapolis, Dr. David Knopman and the Mayo Clinic, and two community engagement partners, HueMan and the Lync.

Read the article on Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Kidney Disease – University of California San Francisco 4/18/24

Covid-19 has had immense impacts on our healthcare system, including on the care of our most vulnerable patients such as those with end-stage kidney disease. For our annual Kardos Medical Grand Rounds, Dr. Kirsten Johansen, professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, chief of Nephrology at Hennepin Healthcare, and president of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute, will provide insights into the impact of Covid-19 on individuals battling end-stage kidney disease. This lecture is held in memory of Dr. Gary Kardos, who was an esteemed clinician-educator nephrologist at UCSF for several decades.

MNEHRC in the News! – The Washington Post 4/11/24

The Washington Post recently released an article, The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How covid-19 might have improved public health infrastructure, that mentions the Consortium as an exemplar of healthcare and public health partnerships! The paragraph in the Washington Post story that mentions the MNEHRC and includes a link to a Health Affairs article authored by HHRI researchers and other MNEHRC researchers is:

In Minnesota, a coalition of health systems similarly decided to share electronic health records to facilitate care during covid. The entities have since adapted the system to do the same with substance use. In a recent Health Affairs article, leaders of those systems detailed how such information exchange allows for real-time alerts and early intervention to help reduce overdose deaths.

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