Community Advisory Mechanisms

Community Engagement in Research Advisory Board

The goal of community engagement in research at Mayo Clinic is to improve the health of individuals, populations and communities by including community members.

Established in 2006, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) is a large center within Mayo Clinic that supports clinical research through tools and technologies that move scientific discoveries to use in the real world and trains the next generation of researchers. The National Institutes of Health funds CCaTS.


The Community Engagement in Research Advisory Board assists the Mayo Clinic CCaTS to ensure that community-engaged and community-placed research at Mayo Clinic is of high quality, respects community values and benefits community members. This work involves:

  • Community-engaged research. Research that involves a partnership with a community organization outside of Mayo Clinic. The partners decide how the research will be conducted and how the results will be communicated to benefit everyone involved.
  • Community-placed research. Research conducted in an organized community setting outside of Mayo Clinic. It involves a one-time or short-term relationship between the researcher and the community. Community involvement is limited, and often community organizations are used only to help recruit volunteers.


The Community Engagement in Research Advisory Board is charged with the following duties:

  • Review and advise Mayo Clinic researchers on community-engaged and community-placed research.
  • Represent community needs in the community-engaged and community-placed research process.
  • Work and communicate with groups, organizations, advisory boards, individuals and stakeholders in the community (community members) to understand and identify community priorities.
  • Help identify community members who could partner with Mayo Clinic researchers to perform community-engaged or community-placed research.
  • Increase awareness for the role that research can play in solving community needs.
    • Research investigators present research protocols to sitting board members.
    • Sitting board members are trained about the process of research protocols (informed consent, institutional review board, study design, and so on) and providing educational materials on medical research, such as history of research protocols (for example, the Tuskegee syphilis study).
    • Board members recognize current perceptions regarding research protocols within minority and underserved communities.
    • The board emphasizes the importance of increasing health equity and supporting inclusivity in research studies.
  • Utilize improved community awareness and contacts established to create a network throughout Rochester, Minnesota, that includes health care providers, community and religious health ministries, inpatient rehabilitation centers, and other health care agencies. Network members may serve as sources for disease-affected and control populations for a broad range of ongoing and future sponsored and investigator initiated projects

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