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At Mayo Clinic, our mission is to provide the best medical care in a compassionate, culturally sensitive environment and create an inclusive workplace where diverse individuals are valued, encouraging each employee to reach their full potential.

Mayo Clinic is dedicated to furthering minority health and wellness efforts and ending health disparities within the communities we serve through education and awareness programs, personalized health care and innovative research.

Highlights of Mayo Clinic's minority health and wellness efforts include:

'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 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.

Mayo Clinic collaboration with The Links, Incorporated

Mayo Clinic has developed a strategic collaboration with The Links, Incorporated, an African-American service group and one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer service organizations.

The missions of the two organizations are aligned. Mayo Clinic is committed to excellence in patient care, research and education. The Links, Incorporated has a mission to promote and facilitate programs that support good health and the elimination of health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy and optimal utilization of health resources.

The primary objectives of this collaboration are to:

  • Provide health and wellness outreach, information and education to Links members and their constituents via targeted content with a focus on mutually prioritized chronic health conditions (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, organ transplantation and obesity)
  • Develop strategies and tactics to increase the awareness of African-Americans and other minorities about medical research and develop new models of community-based participatory research and education partnerships

As part of this collaboration, Mayo Clinic and The Links Inc. partnered to create a video, You Can Make A Difference, promoting African-American participation in clinical trials.

Importance of African American women's participation in medical research

Community Research Advisory Board

Mayo Clinic in Florida sponsors the Community Research Advisory Board, a group of local community members that reviews community-based research projects. The Community Research Advisory Board brings together research and community by:

  • Ensuring research projects are culturally competent
  • Identifying methods for recruiting minorities into research studies
  • Improving communication between researchers and the community

Find out more about Mayo Clinic minority health and wellness programs.

Community organizations

Mayo Clinic supports many diversity-related organizations at each of our locations. Find out more about the organizations we support in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.