Through its Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA), Mayo Clinic collaborates with diverse community members to help community medical providers incorporate practice-based research and research-based change. This type of research unites community organizations and health care professionals in a common goal — improving health outcomes and eliminating health disparities.
The recent Partners in Research Workshop, held in Rochester, Minn., and sponsored in part by Mayo's CTSA, explored how community-based participatory research (CBPR) can bring together community organizations and health care professionals to address issues of mutual interest and concern.
CBPR equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. The aim of CBPR is to combine knowledge with action and achieve social change.
The workshop provided a forum to share information, build relationships and learn from national leaders. Researchers and representatives from community organizations, churches and schools explored answers to these questions:
Planning partners and event sponsors reflected the kind of collaboration expected from CBPR. The event actively engaged a variety of multicultural community organizations, educational institutions and faith-based organizations, in addition to several components of Mayo Clinic— the CTSA, Cancer Center and Division of Infectious Diseases.
Building on more than a century of Mayo Clinic medical research and education expertise, CTSA seeks to improve the health of the communities served by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida, and regions served by Mayo Clinic Health System.
Guidance from the community and health care providers is foundational to the success of CTSA and the delivery of improved health care.