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Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated collaborate to reduce health disparities in the African-American community
Date:12/19/2013

from a collaborative survey were presented at the National Medical Association and other scientific venues. The message: "Listen to your body, be proactive with your health."

"Wilson's experience is a microcosm of what we hope will happen from this collaboration," says Monica Parker, M.D., Emory Health System physician and director of the Health and Human Services facet of The Links, Incorporated. "A strong personal relationship, a sharing of health care information, a level of trust, and an optimal outcome based on quality research-based medicine is our hope for everyone with health care needs."

"The potential for this groundbreaking relationship is enormous. Our organizations have mutual goals and the determination and means to make those goals a reality," says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., cardiologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "Health care disparities among minority populations should be a concern for everyone in the country. Unfortunately, the quality of medical care can still depend on your race, your gender or your ZIP code."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American women:

  • Are more likely to die of breast cancer than other women
  • Have cancers that grow faster and are harder to treat and are less likely to get prompt follow-up care when their mammogram shows something that is not normal
  • Are less likely than white women to survive five years after a breast cancer diagnosis
  • Are at least 50 percent more likely to die of heart disease or stroke prematurely than white women

In the coming months, Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated collaboration will include educational outreach, critical research and programs to prepare and encourage minorities to choose medical and health careers. Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated are continuously exploring opportunities for collaborative programming based on needs within the commu
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Contact: Bob Nellis
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507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
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