The Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic, and Community Organizations Partner to Offer Mammograms, Preventative Screenings, and Health Resources

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Hormel Institute is partnering with Mayo Clinic and several other organizations to host a Community Health Resource Fair on Friday, April 21 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at the Community Action Building in Austin. Mayo Clinic Health System’s Mobile Mammography unit will provide free mammograms to those who are uninsured or underinsured.

It’s estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 1 in 39 women will die from breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. Mammograms are a screening tool that detect cancer before symptoms start. The Mayo Mobile Mammography Unit offers women a quick and convenient way to get this potentially life-saving screening.

Appointments are required for mammograms. Those interested should call 888-643-2584 weekdays from 8:00am-5:00pm to see if they qualify and to register.

The Community Health Resource Fair will also include free preventative health screenings through The University of Minnesota’s Mobile Health Initiative, including blood sugar and blood pressure tests.

Several local organizations will be on hand to provide information on resources available in the community:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • The Parenting Resource Center
  • Welcome Center
  • SAGE – MN Department of Health
  • Children’s Dental Clinic
  • Austin Aspires
  • Mower County Public Health & Mower County Human Services
  • Mower Refreshed
  • University of Minnesota – SNAP Education
  • The United Way
  • 100 snack kits provided by the “Our Hometown Food Security Project”

Media representatives are invited to arrive at the Community Action Building

(the new Parenting Resource Center building – 105 1st St SE, Austin, MN) between 10:00 am-Noon on Friday, April 21. Please RSVP to Amanda Pedersen at if you plan to attend.



The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Collaborative research partners include Masonic Cancer Center UMN (a Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, N.I.H.), Mayo Clinic, and many other leading research centers worldwide. The Hormel Institute, which tripled in size in 2008 and doubled again in size in 2016, is home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge research technologies and expert scientists. Over the next few years, The Hormel Institute will broaden its impact through innovative, world-class research in its quest to improve human health.