Works in Progress

Works in Progress (WIP) is a monthly seminar series devoted to discussing minority health and health disparities research topics.

The purpose of these seminars is to give researchers a forum to freely discuss their research while still in the developing or formative phases in order to exchange ideas, obtain constructive feedback, and discuss issues that may be common to various projects.

Upcoming WIP seminars

No seminars are currently scheduled. 


Recent WIP seminars


Title: Income, Employment and Diabetes: Can we move from data to action?

Presenters: Caitlin Caspi, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Lori Kratchmer and Sara Schmidt from The Food Group, and Kate Grannon, Research Professional, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


Media coverage of health disparities: Implications for health equity advocacy 

Presenter: Rebekah Nagler, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Tuesday, April 26
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
Read Nagler's paper recently published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention


Discussion on a Newly Published Article That Compares Two Popular Smoking Cessation Strategies 

Presenters: Janet Thomas, PhD, LP, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and Sue Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director of Center for Health Equity
Tuesday, March 22
1:00 - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
Smoking cessation article


Health of Minnesota Taconite Mining Workers: Lessons Learned and Future Community-Engaged Research

elizabeth allenPresenter: Elizabeth Allen, PhD, MPH
Tuesday, Jan. 26
1:00 - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Skin-lightening Practices and Mercury Exposure in the Immigrant Communities  

Amira Adawe and Charles ObergPresenters: Amira Adawe and Charles Oberg
Tuesday, Oct. 27
1:30 - 2:30pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Tools for "Going to Scale" with an Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program: Business Plan, Research Agenda, or Both? 

Renee SievingPresenter: Renee Sieving
Tuesday, Sep. 22
1:30pm - 2:30pm
717 Del., Room 303
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Enhancing Motivation for Physical Activity in the Context of Aging

Siobhan McMahonPresenter: Siobhan McMahon, PhD, MPH
Tuesday, Aug. 25
1:30pm - 2:30pm
717 Del., Room 303
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Journal Club 

Journal Club Presented by: URP Scholars
Tuesday, July 21
1:30pm - 2:30pm
717 Del., Room 303
Download article #1
Download article #2 


In Their Own Words: Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors and Solutions to Chronic Disease Among Somali, Latino, and Hmong Families 

Chrisa ArcanPresented by: Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MHS, MBA, RD
Tuesday, June 23
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Serum Vitamin D, Race, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk 

Pamela LutseyPresented by: Pamela L. Lutsey, PhD, MPH
Tuesday, April 28
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American Boys

Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American BoysPresented by: Sonya Brady, PhD and Capetra Jolly, BA
Tuesday, Feb. 24
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Doula Support During Childbirth: Improving Access and Equity

Katy B. KozhimannilPresented by: Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
Tuesday, Nov. 25
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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"SOAR" in the Community: Next Steps?

SOARPresented by: Ruth LindquistRodica CatravaSohye Lee
Tuesday, Oct. 28th
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del, Room 105
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Leveraging Cultural Health Assets of Somali and Oromo Refugees: An Overview of a Community Based Participatory Research Project

Elizabeth Lightfoot and Amano DubePresented by: Elizabeth Lightfoot and Amano Dube
Tuesday, Sept. 23
1:00pm - 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Missed Opportunities in Cancer Prevention: Decreasing Disparities in HPV-Associated Cancers and HPV Vaccination Utilization 

Oscar GarzaPresented by: Oscar W. Garza, MBA, PhD
Tuesday, June 24
1:15pm – 2:15pm
717 Del., Room 105
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The Somali Youth Tobacco Prevention Project: Promoting Tobacco Prevention Using Social Media

The Somali Youth Tobacco Prevention Project: Promoting Tobacco Prevention Using Social MediaPresented by: Diana DuBois, MPH MIA; Akiko Tanaka, PhD MPH; Abdillahi GaneyAbdillahi Kahin; Kola Okuyemi, MD MPH
Tuesday, May 27
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Body and Soul: An Implementation of the Program Across the Twin Cities 

Body and Soul: An Implementation of the Program Across the Twin CitiesPresented by: Alfred Babington JohnsonKola Okuyemi, MD, MPH; Sylvia AmosKathleen Call, PhD
Tuesday, April 22
12:00pm – 1:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Effects of Respite Care on Homeless Persons 

John SongPresented by: John Song, MD, MPH, MAT, Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Division of General Internal Medicine
Tuesday, March 25
12:00pm – 1:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Health Disparities in Knowledge of Genomics: A Case Example of a Potential Missed Opportunity to Improve Care for Hyperuricemia, Gout, and CVD

Youssef RomanPresented by: Youssef Roman, PharmD, PhD Candidate, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Department, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, Feb. 25
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Journal Club Discussion 

Discussion about an article recently published in Nursing Research and Practice entitled, A Framework to Examine the Role of Epigenetics in Health Disparities among Native Americans” 
Tuesday, Jan. 28
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Download article


Childhood Abuse Victimization and Weight Status in Early Adulthood: Behavioral Pathways, Methodological Challenges, and Relevance for Understanding Obesity Inequalities 

Susan Marshall MasonPresented by: Susan Marshall Mason, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
Tuesday, Nov. 26
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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Exploring the Impact of Youth Survival Expectations on Future Health

Presented by: Naomi Duke, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Department of Pediatrics
Tuesday, Oct. 22
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Room 105
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How Do Investigators Balance their Expertise in Rigorous Science with Community Needs and Input in Community-based Health Promotion Clinical Trials?

Jayne FulkersonPresented by: Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, Associate Professor School of Nursing
Tuesday, Sep. 24
1:00pm – 2:00pm
717 Del., Rm 105
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Works in Progress Journal Club 

Hosted by: Rachael Harlos, First Year University of Minnesota Medical Student, 2013 Advanced Research Program Scholar
July 23, 2013 
1-2pm 
717 Del., Rm 105 


I is for Incarceration - Reaching Children with Incarcerated Parents Through Sesame Street

Rebecca ShlaferPresented by: Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Tuesday, June 25
1-2pm
717 Del., Rm 105
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Transaminitis (Elevated Liver Enzymes) in Newly Arrived Refugees to Minnesota

Malini DeSilvaPresented by: Malini DeSilva, MD, Med-Peds Resident
May 28
1-2pm 


Deaf Men Who Have Sex with Men (DMSM): What Are Their Needs for HIV Testing, Prevention, and Care? 

Alex IantaffiPresented by: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, HIPS Program, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
April 23
1-2pm  


Yoga and Violence Survivor Mental and Cardio-Metabolic Health

Cari ClarkPresented by: Cari Clark, ScD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
March 26, 2013
1pm - 2pm 


“Lose 2 Win” Contests: A Novel Method to Motivate Weight Loss Maintenance Among Overweight and Obese College Students 

Janet ThomasPresented by: Janet Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine 
February 26
1-2pm
Research Program: Prevention and Etiology
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Mental Health Disparities: Journal Club Discussion

Three articles were used to guide discussion. Download the articles.
January 22
1 - 2pm


mHealth: Closing the Gap Between Diabetes Patients in Underserved Populations and Care Providers 

Saif KhairatPresented by: Saif Khairat, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota 
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Developing Effective Communication Strategies to Motivate Providers to Address Racial Healthcare Disparities 

Diana BurgessPresented by: Diana Burgess, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Nondaily Smoking Among African Americans and Whites 

Taneisha BuchananPresented by: Taneisha Buchanan, PhD 
June 26, 2012
1pm - 2pm
717 Del. Rm 105
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Journal Club Discussion 

July 24, 2012
717 Del. Rm 105
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Articles:

  1. Interaction of sleep quality and psychosocial stress on obesity in African Americans: the Cardiovascular Health Epidemiology Study (CHES)
  2. Persistent Racial Disparities in Survival After Heart Transplantation"