Mayo Clinic recognizes the health care disparities that exist between Americans within different minority and multicultural communities. Minority populations in the United States have a disproportionate burden of health-related problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, oral health and mental health.
The health disparities continue to exist and increase due to a variety of factors, including poverty, education level, unemployment, lack of health insurance and health literacy issues, as well as health care quality and health care access.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, minority populations currently comprise 34 percent of the total U.S. population and are expected to increase by 40 percent by the year 2030. This projected increase in minority numbers emphasizes the need to address and eliminate health disparities now to ensure that all Americans will have quality health care in the future.
Mayo Clinic's Office for Community Engaged Research (OCER) offers support and guidance for clinical research within minority and multicultural communities.
The research mission of Mayo Clinic is to build stronger science-based research involving and interacting with communities of color. We regularly collaborate with community-based organizations to connect with medically underserved populations with hopes of improving the health outcomes for all Americans.