Community advisory boards are essential partners in research. Their input helps align research efforts to community priorities, streamlines research ideas to address disparities, and most importantly, helps support changes that will help communities achieve health equity.
Members of community advisory boards include representatives from community, research, governmental and academic organizations; as well as individuals who bring forward the perspectives, ideas and feedback of their fellow community members.
Poster at 2014 Mayo Clinic Festival of Cultures: "Addressing Health Disparities: Research with, for and by Community Members"
This board in Olmsted County, Minnesota, advises the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS). It includes representatives from a variety of agencies who advocate for the health of children, minorities, immigrants, and the underserved.
Started in 2014, the Arizona Community Advisory Board works to connect community members and organizations to vet research ideas and protocols and to build research capacity through education on the value of, and opportunities around, minority participation in clinical research.
With members from a widely diverse cross-section of the Jacksonville-area population, the Jacksonville, Florida Community Advisory Board helps ensure the cultural competence of research projects and identifies opportunities and methods for recruiting minorities into research studies.
Patient and family advisory councils provide input on Mayo Clinic's clinical services and research programs to help ensure they meet the needs of patients and communities.