Mayo Clinic offers many minority health and wellness programs, including programs about cancer prevention, healthy brain aging, community outreach, community-engaged research and others. Mayo Clinic also sponsors programs to promote diversity.

Program and topics include:

Cancer prevention — "Live Well. Be Well."

"Live Well. Be Well," a community outreach and education program at Mayo Clinic in Florida, aims to educate African-Americans about cancer and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. African-Americans have higher rates of death from cancer than does any other racial or ethnic group.

Since 2007, the "Live Well. Be Well." program has reached more than 150,000 African-Americans in Northeast Florida through community presentations, events and symposiums. The program focuses on preventing, detecting and treating cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and rectal cancer. The program also offers information about related research at Mayo Clinic.

Prenatal education

SomaliCARES is a group prenatal care program for Somali women in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offered at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. A team of doctors, midwives and nurse educators provide interactive classes using role-play and other culturally appropriate methods to educate women about prenatal care. The aim of the program is to improve health literacy and ensure healthy babies and mothers.

Healthy brain aging — "Live Well. Think Well."

The Memory Disorder Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida offers "Live Well. Think Well," a community outreach program to educate African-Americans about healthy brain aging and memory disorders.

Floyd B. Willis, M.D., a family medicine doctor at Mayo Clinic in Florida, created the program. He recognized the importance of understanding how Alzheimer's disease and related conditions affect African-Americans. This program provides information to African-American seniors and their families about memory disorders and brain aging, including tips on how to keep the mind healthy.

African-Americans have a higher disease burden from blood vessel (vascular) conditions than do other minority populations. Therefore, they may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The goal of the program is to raise awareness about healthy brain aging and memory disorders among African-Americans, to help reduce the onset of early memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

Community educational outreach programs

Hispanic outreach program

The Hispanic/Latino Outreach Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida provides cancer education and awareness presentations to Hispanic/Latino communities to increase cancer awareness. Presentations are available in English and Spanish.

Corporate and professional outreach

This educational program at Mayo Clinic in Florida shares information with local businesses, corporations and professional organizations that have Asian-American, Hispanic, Latino or African-American employees.

Outreach efforts help raise awareness about cancer (breast, prostate, colon and rectal cancer), memory disorders, heart disease and other health issues facing minorities. Outreach also encourages the development of new relationships between Mayo Clinic and professionals in Northeast Florida, including patient service, clinical trial participation and education.

Community outreach

Mayo Clinic is actively involved in the community. Many Mayo staff members at each Mayo Clinic location volunteer or support community programs. Read more about community outreach.

The Office of Women's Health at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota works in southeastern Minnesota counties to increase mammography screening for underserved women. The program partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Health's Sage Program to provide comprehensive breast cancer screening and treatment for women within age and income guidelines.

Community research

Closing the health gap: Working together today for a better tomorrow

Mayo Clinic is committed to encouraging and promoting research to develop new treatments. Mayo Clinic also recognizes the importance of sharing information about new advances in medicine and research with all members of the community.

To ensure that ongoing research includes members of ethnic minorities, Mayo Clinic in Florida has a Community Research Advisory Board. The board includes Mayo Clinic personnel, community doctors, business leaders, community leaders, laypersons, civic leaders, religious leaders and faculty from local academic institutions.

The Office for Community-Engaged Research (OCER) at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota provides a variety of services to Mayo Clinic researchers and community members. Housed in the Center for Translational Science Activities, OCER is posed to make connections with researchers and community members in order to increase health equity and reduce health disparities in multicultural communities. OCER provides education and training on community-engaged research and consultative services for grant submission, reviews community-placed and -engaged research protocols, and helps increase awareness of clinical research being conducted at Mayo and with our collaborative partners.

National exhibit

In 2010, Mayo Clinic partnered with the Rochester Public Library to bring the exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" to Rochester, Minn. The RACE exhibit explores the issues of race and racism in the United States and is designed to appeal to people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. The exhibit, offered free to the public, received more than 37,000 visitors, including 8,500 students representing 40 schools and 26 regional communities.

The RACE exhibit was displayed at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix in 2010. Mayo Clinic in Florida is partnering with the Museum of Science and History to bring the RACE exhibit to Jacksonville, Fla., in 2013.