Healthy Immigrant Community: Mobilizing the Power of Social Networks


About this study

The objective of this study is to leverage existing social networks for health behavior change relevant to obesity and cardiovascular risk among immigrant populations in Southeast MN.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-identification as Hispanic or Somali.
  • Member of a social network identified in the social network analysis.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the study.
  • Provision of informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • < 18 years old.
  • Pregnancy at the time of enrollment.
  • Sserious medical conditions or disabilities that would make physical activity difficult.
  • To avoid stigmatization, a normal weight (BMI<25) will not exclude individuals from participating in the intervention, but they will be excluded from the measurements and analyses.

Eligibility last updated 8/30/21. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Mark Wieland, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Sheila Iteghete

(507) 284-2511

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