- By Kelley Luckstein
Mayo Clinic Earns Spot on Top Hospitals for Hispanics List in 2014
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has earned a spot on the 2014 “Best of the Best” Top Hospitals for Hispanics list for the second year in a row. Each year, Hispanic Network Magazine evaluates the nation’s employers, diversity programs and executive leadership, law enforcement and government agencies, as well as colleges, universities and MBA programs for their initiatives and programs with Hispanic communities in the U.S. The magazine also ide ntifies the “Best of the Best” in proactive outreach and accessibility for Hispanic communities and other minority populations.
“To be named a Top Hospital for Hispanics acknowledges not only the excellent care we provide to all patients who come through our doors, but also the priority Mayo Clinic has placed on our outreach to diverse communities in order to include them in medical research. The knowledge we gain helps improve the health of the Hispanic/Latino community,” says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., director of Mayo’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Mayo Clinic’s dedication to cultivating relationships with diverse audiences has been a core value since its founding 150 years ago. Providing education and research opportunities and patient care to the Hispanic patient population is a continuing initiative that Mayo is focusing on at a local and national level. Several recent and ongoing initiatives include:
Healthy Connections Project
Mayo Clinic Abroad, Mayo’s international humanitarian program, has been working with Pro Mujer, a women’s development, health and microfinance organization, to enhance health care services to women in Latin America. At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in 2013, Mayo Clinic Abroad and Pro Mujer announced a program to enhance health care services to women in Latin America called Healthy Connections. They’ll work with Sesame Workshop and Pfizer Latin America to promote healthy behavior and disease prevention among poor women and children in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina.
Hispanic Latino Employee Resource Groups
Employees recently formed two new Hispanic/Latino resource groups — one at Mayo Clinic in Florida and one at Mayo Clinic in Rochester — to provide cultural insight and solutions that will benefit patients and employees. Specific goals include supporting the identification and elimination of health disparities in the Hispanic community and identifying new ways to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate care to the Hispanic community.
Historias Mayo celebrates Mayo’s diverse patients and staff with this video storytelling series. Each video follows an inspiring journey to find answers and hope at Mayo Clinic. Historias Mayo complements Mayo’s growing influence in Hispanic social media (http://www.twitter.com/ClinicaMayo, http://www.facebook.com/MayoClinicEspanol) and Spanish-language health information (http://www.mayoclinic.org/espanol).
Biobank in Arizona
Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is helping to stimulate biomedical research in the Latino population through the opening of the Sangre por Salud Biobank in Arizona in May 2013. This biobank initiative is a close collaboration among Mayo Clinic, Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona State University. While this biobank will support all types of medical studies, there will be a particular emphasis on studies in obesity, metabolism and diabetes — all areas of special concern in the Latino population.
About Mayo Clinic
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, MayoClinic.org or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/. Español: mayoclinic.org/espanol Middle East: mayoclinic.org/arabic Twitter: @ClinicaMayo or @MayoClinicME Facebook: Mayo Clinic en español.