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 has canceled in-person outreach events until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and plan to work with community partners to reschedule these events. The center's blog and calendar will be kept up to date with event information 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.

The 6th Biennial Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Conference

In 2010, the Prostate Cancer Transatlantic Consortium (CaPTC) launched the Biennial Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute and co-organized by the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) and multiple other institutions and organizations, the conference employs a unique approach to understanding and addressing prostate cancer disparities through team science initiatives resulting in several scholarly achievements, including:

  • Proceedings publications.
  • A global prostate cancer special issue in the journal ecancermedicalscience.
  • Multi-institutional grant collaborations.
  • Multi-institutional, transdisciplinary prostate health disparity projects.
  • Global prostate cancer advocacy initiatives.
  • Research guidelines.
  • Standardized global CaPTC-AC3 Behavioral and Epidemiological (CABE) data elements and measures that are culturally appropriate for studying prostate cancer in Black men worldwide. The CABE measures are used as standard data collection tools in multiple countries.

The theme for the sixth biennial conference was "Science of Survivorship (S.O.S): Eliminating Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Globally." As with past conferences, the conference goals included:

  • Providing opportunities for mutual learning, knowledge transfer and collaborations among prostate cancer scientists, clinicians, patients, survivors, advocates and policymakers
  • Promoting transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary prostate cancer research globally
  • Facilitating networking among individuals involved in all aspects of prostate cancer control, education and research in Black men
  • Maintaining a global community of practice to address common challenges in prostate cancer, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship
  • Contributing to a global impact against prostate cancer through research training and education programs for low-resource countries

The global "S.O.S. Call to Action" element of the conference included fostering collaborations across disciplines and countries and a recognition of the importance of establishing a role for the patient-survivor as an active participant in the research process.

Arizona Health Equity Conference

Since 2014, the Arizona Health Equity Conference has been a leading convener of health professionals to discuss health equity issues in Arizona. The conference supports attendees in understanding current health equity research, activities and policies in Arizona. It is also a venue to connect with partners who are working in the field of health equity or interested in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.

The 2021 Arizona Health Equity Conference was held virtually and in-person at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 14, 2021. It was a great success, with 200 virtual attendees and 190 in-person attendees. The theme was "Building Pathways to Successful, Healthy, Resilient and Equitable Communities."

The keynote speaker, Jonathan G.S. Koppell, Ph.D., president of Montclair State University and previously the dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Dr. Koppell is a nationally recognized scholar of policy, organization and management with a reputation as a visionary leader in higher education, emphasizing public service and solutions-oriented engagement in the community.

The keynote address was followed by a panel discussion. As in years prior, the conference featured more than a dozen individual breakout sessions and poster presentations.