Welcome to the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research (CHCR) blog. CHCR partners with communities and works in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to develop and execute community outreach, engagement initiatives, and health equity research to address the needs of the communities we serve.

I am a Community Member

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Community Outreach

Mayo Clinic partners with communities to address community needs through outreach that includes health education, awareness events, informational sessions, and other outreach events. For information about our past and upcoming community events, please go to our calendar.

Community Engagement Studios

Community Engagement Studios (or CE Studios) provides a framework for researchers to work directly with community members, patients, caregivers, and other individuals to get meaningful insight into planning, design, implementation, translation, or dissemination of their research.

Benefits of CE Studios include:

  • Researchers can get consultation, guidance, advice directly from the population in which they are interested.
  • Community experts with lived experience get to hear, firsthand, about research that will impact others with similar lived experiences.
  • The bi-directional conversation creates a stronger relationship between the researcher and the community they are interested in working with.

Who are community experts? They can be anyone that has any type of lived experience.  Anyone can sign up to be a part of the community experts database.  If you are interested in becoming a community expert, please complete the community expert form.

For questions about CE Studios, please email us at MayoCEStudios@mayo.edu

Education & Training

Community Consultation

Our team offers consultative services to community members and organizations who have an idea, program, and/or initiative aimed at improving the health of their community through community-engaged research (CEnR). The CEnR program staff has expertise in

  • Community engagement
  • Community outreach
  • Community-engaged research
  • Working with diverse communities

Our team can provide selected community-based data, identify funding opportunities, and connect communities with a Mayo Clinic researcher for potential collaborations.  To request a consultation, please complete this form.

Funding Opportunities - Find a Research Partner

Ensuring that community members are equal partners in research also means funding community research ideas and partnering with community members as co-leads of this research.  Mayo Clinic offers pilot “mini-grants” for high-impact and high-priority projects that address community needs and utilize CEnR principles.

For more information about the grant, please find it here (hyperlink to RFA).  Eligible projects should have a Mayo Clinic researcher and/or staff member as a collaborative partner.  For more information on how to find a Mayo Research partner, please complete the external consultation form.