April 14th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

save the date for Our Community Our Health #OCOH

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

March 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

The Collective Impact Forum & Results for America present a panel discussion to celebrate the release of "Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)," an article co-authored by Melody Barnes and Paul Schmitz, published in the Spring issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article features original research that highlights the importance of engaging community when implementing data-driven, evidence-based approaches and provides a framework for how to do so effectively.

Featured Speakers:

  • Melody Barnes, Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Senior Fellow, Results for America
  • Maia Jachimowicz, Vice President of Evidence-Based Policy Implementation, Results for America and former Policy Director, City of Philadelphia
  • Michele Jolin, Co-Founder and CEO, Results for America

John Kania, Managing Director, FSG

  • Dr. Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
  • Dr. Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum

learn more http://collectiveimpactforum.org/

February 18th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

#Mixed #marriages are changing the way we think [...]

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Tags: asian, hispanic, imigrant, race, research

January 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Pioneering Role of the Vaccine Safety Datalink Project (VSD) to Advance Collaborative Research and Distributed Data Networks

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel


Introduction: Large-scale distributed data networks consisting of diverse stakeholders including providers, patients, and payers are changing health research in terms of methods, speed and efficiency. The Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) set the stage for expanded involvement of health plans in collaborative research Learn more

January 7th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Minnesota Department of Health Community Engagement Home

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Community Engagement
Engaging community members in problem-solving solutions to issues that affect them is one of the fundamental principles of public health. The most effective way to achieve public health goals, especially the elimination of disparities in health status, is to actively engage those experiencing the problems in every aspect of addressing them. Community engagement means involving community members in all activities--from identifying the relevant issues and making decisions about how to address them, to evaluating and sharing the results with the community. The information on this Web site provides background, tips and tools for effective community engagement.

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CE home

Tags: Community Engagement, resources and tools

November 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Who Is Multiracial? Depends on How You Ask

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

A Comparison of Six Survey Methods to Capture Racial Identity

Consider, for example, a man whose mother is Asian and whose father is white. This may seem like someone who could easily be categorized as multiracial. But if this man was raised with little or no interaction with his white relatives or had experiences that were more closely aligned with those of the Asian community, he may well select “Asian” and nothing else when describing his race. Furthermore, some adults may have relatives of different races farther back in their family tree. While some people may think to include a more distant relative of a different race when asked about their racial background, others may not, even if they are aware of their family history.

With this in mind, we set out to test six different ways of defining a population of mixed-race adults to survey, using as our primary vehicle Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), a probability-based, nationally representative online panel of adults in the United States. We tested these different approaches with impaneled individuals who participated in more than one Pew Research Center survey, allowing us to examine how the same individual might have changed his or her responses depending on the question asked.

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Tags: census, identity, Multiracial, research

September 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Discuss a national topic: Marijuana use among youth

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

September 22nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Our Community Our Health

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Join us on September 24

OCOH is a town hall meeting series that shares innovative research findings to foster conversation and mutual understanding with the community.


click here to participate

our participate on twitter using the the #OCOH hashtag


Tags: Community Engagement, conversation, marijuana, research findings

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo's "renegade" research team

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel


Victor Montori has a very special light fixture in his office.

Co-workers say Montori’s Get-the-Party-Started accessory first appeared sometime after Christmas. The Mayo endocrinologist and world-traveling proponent of kinder and more careful medicine had just relocated his team of scientists to a new workspace. The Plummer Building! An open floor plan! White boards for brainstorming sessions, a Keurig machine, couch, and Nerf basket! But it was a little small. “You know what would make this place great?” he declared. “A disco ball!” read more

victors magazine

Tags: KER Unit, minimally disruptive medicine, Montori, shared decision-making

August 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mark your calendar if you want to outreach to the Latino Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

ACHLA-The Alliance of Chicanos Hispanics and Latin Americans, will host a free LATINO FEST and celebration on Saturday, September 26,on the Cooke park (seventh St and seventh Ave NW Rochester MN).
From 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. rain or shine

for more informatio click

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August 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Leading Community Effort Against Liver Cancer

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among African men and the third leading cause among African women, according to the American Cancer Society. Two Mayo researchers with roots on the continent are working to make sure those numbers go down, and they're starting with the Somali community in Rochester.

After growing up and attending medical school in his native Ghana, Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, reports the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Dr. Roberts then was accepted into Mayo Clinic's "highly selective" Clinical and Translational Science program, where he "received training to both practice as a clinician and do robust research work." After graduating, Dr. Roberts set his sights on treating and researching liver cancer "because of its prevalence in Africa."

July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What To Avoid When Conducting Outreach In The Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Mayo Clinic
CCaTS Community Engagement in Research

Best Practice Series
What To Avoid When Conducting Outreach In The

LaPrincess Brewer, M.D.,
Fellow, Cardiovascular Diseases

July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The Importance of Community Outreach

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Mayo Clinic
CCaTS Community Engagement in Research

Best Practice Series
The Importance of Community Outreach

LaPrincess Brewer, M.D.,
Fellow, Cardiovascular Diseases

June 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Southeast Minnesota partnership strives to reduce the impact of chronic disease on Minnesotans

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the George Family Foundation are leading supporters of the newly formed Southeast Minnesota Partnership for Community-Based Health Promotion. A key aim of this partnership is to extend the care that occurs in Southeast Minnesota health systems into the communities. The partnership will focus first on incorporating clinical referrals of effective, community-based programs into routine primary care treatment strategies. The new program is called Living Well with Chronic Conditions (formally known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program).

“The goal of this partnership is to fundamentally change the way individuals and communities in Southeast Minnesota experience life with chronic health conditions,” says Aaron Leppin, M.D., a research associate in Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. are the result of chronic disease. In Southeast Minnesota, Community Health Needs Assessments consistently identify chronic disease management as an area of priority

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