The Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research at Mayo Clinic was established to partner with communities to allow everyone to achieve the highest possible level of well-being and health. The new center's leadership team is working with internal and external stakeholders to develop the strategic direction and initiatives aimed at creating innovative solutions to health disparities throughout the course of life to advance the ideal of health equity.
COVID-19 response update
Out of concern for our patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayo Clinic Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research is canceling outreach events. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and plan to work with community partners to reschedule these events for later in the year. The center's Events page will be kept up to date as the pandemic response evolves.
While some of the center's services have been reduced, the research team is still fully engaged in its work and committed to the communities it serves. Keep in touch by email at CHECER@mayo.edu, or on Facebook or Twitter.
Addressing systemic racism through clinical preventive services
The way health care systems deliver clinical preventive services should be tailored to combat health disparities — that's what the United States Preventive Services Task Force is calling for in a viewpoint paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Chyke A. Doubeni, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., director of the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, is first author on the paper.
Read more in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Black churches are trusted messengers of COVID-19 information to their communities
Mayo Clinic researchers have been working closely with Black churches on disparities in emergency preparedness and providing culturally relevant, evidence-based information. Feedback on the program has been overwhelmingly positive, with local church leaders saying their congregations trust the information they are getting because they trust the messengers.
Read more on the Mayo Clinic News Network.
After the rush to develop a COVID vaccine
Many immigrants and refugees are likely to be skeptical of the new vaccines. Mayo Clinic experts say listening closely and relying on community leaders to get the message out is key to reaching people and building trust.
Read more in Sahan Journal.
High-risk Minnesotans ID'd for COVID-19 prevention
Racial and ethnic disparities have been widely observed in COVID-19 infection and outcomes. In this article, Mark L. Wieland, M.D., a Mayo Clinic health disparities researcher, talks about how these disparities are connected to social determinants of health.
Read more in the Star Tribune.
How US News' top 10 hospitals are addressing health disparities
"At Mayo Clinic, we feel called on to meet the moment, to confront racism and embrace transformation," says Chyke A. Doubeni, M.B.B.S., M.P.H. Mayo Clinic has made an investment of $100 million over 10 years to support education, research and clinical care initiatives to reduce health disparities.
Read more in Becker's Hospital Review.