Beryne M. Odeny, MD, MPH, PhD

Beryne M. Odeny, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Medical School: University of Nairobi, Kenya


Dr. Serena Xiong is a cancer disparities, implementation science scholar. Her research interests are in dissemination and implementation science, cancer disparities, immigrant and minority health, health disparities/health equity, evaluation, e-health/mhealth, and health policies. She is a community researcher with the Somali, Latino, and Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness (SoLaHmo), a community-based research group based in Minnesota. In this unique role, she has been consistently implementing culturally-responsive initiatives to address health inequities in Minnesota. Some of her contributions include developing culturally-appropriate Hmong lifestyle guidelines for health practitioners, optimizing communication strategies for reaching at-risk Somali, Latinx, and Hmong elders with timely COVID-19 information, and leading the design of a website to educate Hmong parents and teens about the HPV vaccine. She is a strong proponent of community-based participatory research and is passionate about advancing the literature and practices in how to democratize the research process between universities and marginalized communities.