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.
Explore current offerings in detail below.
Cancer prevention — "Live Well. Be Well."
"Live Well. Be Well." is a community outreach and education program at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, which 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.
SomaliCARES is a group prenatal care program for Somali women in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offered at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus. 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's Florida campus 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's Florida campus, 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
H.O.P.E. (Health Outreach Program en Espanol) para la Comunidad
The H.O.P.E. para la Comunidad is a community outreach program that provides education and awareness presentations to Hispanic/Latinx communities to increase knowledge and awareness of chronic illness that impacts Hispanic and Latinx communities. Presentations are available in English and Spanish.
Corporate and professional outreach
This educational program at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus shares information with local businesses, corporations and professional organizations that have Asian-American, Hispanic, Latinx or African-American employees.
Outreach efforts help raise awareness about chronic illnesses that disproportionately affect minority communities. Corporate outreach also encourages the development of new relationships between Mayo Clinic and professionals in northeast Florida, including patient service, clinical trial participation and education.
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's Rochester, Minnesota, campus 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.