One of the aims of the Office for Community-Engaged Research (OCER) is to identify opportunities for research and submit proposals/compete for minority grants. In addition to conducting and collaborating on research within Mayo's clinical research programs, OCER is a leader in the development of a participatory research program addressing community needs.
Some examples of collaboration include:
- Working closely with the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa and the University of Minnesota-Duluth to submit a large community-based participatory research proposal through the Native American Research Center for Health
- Establishing new research and research education collaborations with minority-serving institutions, including the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Mississippi
Additionally, the office maintains demographic data on diverse populations (national, state and local levels) to assist investigators. Services include assembling demographic tables for clinical research grant proposals and advising on minority inclusion plans.
OCER has been a leader in facilitating collection of more accurate race and ethnicity information from the Mayo Clinic CCaTS Clinical Research Unit (CRU) study participants, and actively monitors the participation of minorities in CRU research studies and provides feedback to investigators to self-assess compliance with National Institutes of Health policies.
For assistance in developing research grant proposals that include a focus in health disparities, please contact: