Boards and Councils
In order to effectively hear the voice of the communities we serve, members of the Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) participate in the Olmsted County Community Healthcare Access Collaborative, a community-led coalition of service providers to the community. CTSA is closely linked with the Community Engagement Committee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which coordinates community efforts at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Mayo Clinic seeks to ensure that communities do not feel that they must participate in research simply to receive services — a major ethical concern in community-engaged research. The CTSA works with the Community Healthcare Access Collaborative to lessen that perception, determine what health concerns exist in our community, and find ways to truly partner and collaborate to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.
Community Advisory Board (CAB)
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was formed in 2012. The CAB helps to:
- Identify and prioritize community needs
- Connect investigators with the appropriate community partners
- Review research proposals for projects to be conducted in community settings
- Evaluate the impact of research (both positive and negative) on the community
CAB members are compensated for their time.
Olmsted County Community Healthcare Access Collaborative
The Olmsted County Community Health Care Access Collaborative (CHAC) is a community-based multicultural volunteer coalition of more than 20 health care-related service providers composed of medical, public health, social service and other organizations from the government, private, not-for-profit and community sectors.
Its members are a diverse representation of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious and other groups that make up our community.
The CHAC works to identify and address significant issues of community health and care of the people in Olmsted County. It serves as the primary means by which we identify and work to address community needs. The CHAC emphasizes the needs of diverse and under-resourced populations through defining priority projects around which member organizations partner to solve community health care needs.
The CHAC Community Advisory Board assists the CHAC with:
- Setting the priorities for health improvement projects to be pursued
- Reviewing and providing input to collaborative projects among Olmsted County health service providers as they are developed
- Facilitating communication between this collaborative of providers and the community as the projects are carried out
Community Engagement Committee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The Community Engagement Committee is an institutional oversight committee charged with managing the overall community engagement strategy and guiding principles that serve as the framework for Mayo Clinic corporate social responsibility and meet the needs of the community and Mayo Clinic.
Committee responsibilities include coordinating community engagement efforts of Mayo Clinic's research, education, practice and public affairs components, and facilitating smooth interface with the community.
The committee is composed of members from both the community and Mayo Clinic and is led by Paul V. Targonski, M.D., Ph.D.