Outreach and Partnerships
The Office for Community-Engaged Research (OCER) serves as a liaison between multicultural communities in Olmsted County and the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. OCER develops and strengthens relationships with community-based organizations and community leaders to establish trust, educate communities on health research-related topics, and promote and facilitate participation in clinical and community-based participatory research.
We seek to develop networks with other institutions and minority centers to share project information on minority health and build investigators' cultural confidence. Some of our strongest collaborators are the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Yale University Center for Clinical Investigation.
Additionally, OCER conducts (or participates in) culturally sensitive outreach events to strengthen linkages with minority communities and provide education on health and research topics. OCER staff attend local community health fairs such as Latino Days, Olmsted County Employees health fair, Chamber of Commerce health fair and Prairie Island Indian Community health fair. Further, OCER promotes outreach through ongoing memberships in community-based organizations and by participation on advisory boards, such as the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Board of the Minnesota Department of Health.
OCER engages in collaborative activities intended to advance the health of our community, especially those with disparate health challenges. We work with many groups in the Rochester area — establishing contacts with a wide range of organizations, exchanging information, seeking collaborative opportunities and more. We can connect researchers with individuals from these groups and assist in reaching out to other groups as well.