Rochester Healthy Community Partnership of Rochester, MN
Improving the health of underserved populations through proven methods and new ideas


Our Achievements


Our Proven Track Record

Using CBPR as an approach, RHCP has a proven track-record of addressing health issues among difficult-to-reach, minority and disadvantaged populations because it accounts for the multiplicity of factors that contribute to health and well-being. 


Research Accomplishments

  • Improved detection and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) among socially marginalized groups, resulting in an effective, sustainable TB prevention and control program that is community-based.
  • Development and implementation of a childhood obesity prevention program among at-risk youth in an after-school program.
  • Digital storytelling for chronic disease self-management among immigrants and refugees, locally and nationally, as an example of community informing healthcare practice (rather than the other way around).
  • Attenuation of cardiovascular disease risk among immigrants and refugees who are living in poverty.
  • Growth of the partnership to include more than 100 investigators, higher-education learners, community members, and volunteers from community-based organizations, government and academic institutions.
  • Creation of a robust community-based research infrastructure by training over 90 community partners in CBPR methods, protection of human research participants, and research procedures.
  • Providing intense training and mentorship for learners, community members, junior faculty and researchers in community engagement, CBPR research methods and career development, resulting in admission to and completion of medical school and academic advancement.
  • Securing over $2.5 million of funding, including two National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants (Mayo Clinic’s first CBPR grant) and two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards (totaling approximately $1.8 million), along with extensive in-kind support from its community and academic partners.
  • Inclusion of more than 1,500 research participants from diverse backgrounds, mostly those traditionally underrepresented in research.
  • Publication of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles co-authored by community and academic partners.
  • Providing opportunities for more than 500 diverse learners from various disciplines in medicine, nursing, and cross-disciplinary research.