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 face-to-face outreach events until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and plan to work with community partners to reschedule these events for later in the year. This 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, or on Facebook  or Twitter.

COVID-19 town halls in Arizona

The Mayo Clinic Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement has been working with community organizations in Arizona to provide information regarding COVID-19, dispel myths about the COVID-19 virus and answer community questions related to COVID-19. The center has sponsored weekly conference calls with community leaders and virtual town halls featuring experts from Mayo Clinic and collaborating organizations.

African American community town halls

Review materials from virtual town halls with African American communities in Arizona about COVID-19:

Hispanic and Latinx community town halls

Review materials from virtual town halls with Hispanic and Latinx communities in Arizona about COVID-19:

2020 health equity conference

The 2020 Arizona Health Equity Conference took place on October 15. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect participating communities, the conference was held virtually. It was a great success, with 250 attendees. The theme was "Racism and its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health: From Awareness to Action."

The keynote speaker was Veenod L. Chulani, M.D. Dr. Chulani serves as chief of Phoenix Children's Hospital's Section of Adolescent Medicine and as medical director of the hospital's Gender Support service. He is also an associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix.

Dr. Chulani's keynote address was followed by a panel discussion. This year's panel focused on opportunities for policy and system changes related to racism, children and adolescent health. Panelists addressed various aspects of the problem, including the juvenile justice system, the education system, the rural health system, and incorporation of a trauma lens in community work and efforts toward policy change. As in prior years, the conference featured more than a dozen individual breakout sessions and more than 20 poster presentations.

The inaugural Arizona Health Equity Conference was held in 2014, to high acclaim, and the event has grown each year since. Mayo Clinic is the original founder and lead for this exciting conference.

The purpose of the conference is to build bridges between communities by bringing health equity professionals together around the areas of research, practice, prevention and policy. The conference itself highlights current health equity research, outreach and policies in Arizona. It connects partners who are working in the field of health equity or interested in reducing health disparities.

The Arizona Health Equity Conference is a one-day event, but leaves a lasting impact. It raises awareness about health equity and disparities, with a focus on topics including:

  • Research
  • Clinical applications
  • Behavioral health
  • Prevention
  • Public health
  • Policy

The conference fosters meaningful networking opportunities. Participants identify paths to improve community health and change health care systems. Attendees leave with clear outcomes, new partnerships and new ideas for research.

As part of its efforts to ensure equitable access to care for populations facing social barriers, cultural barriers or both, Mayo Clinic encourages health equity and public health professionals to use the Arizona Health Equity Conference as an opportunity to share their efforts and successes in the work that they do in their respective communities.