For more than 150 years, Mayo Clinic community outreach activities in Rochester, Minnesota, have made meaningful contributions to improve the quality of life in our communities, nation and world. We do not do this alone. The Mayo Clinic Community Contributions Program partners with members of the community who share our vison of a healthy and vibrant world, offering support to a wide range of organizations. By collaborating, we work to reduce the burden on individuals and humanity. It is our mission, our responsibility and our privilege to serve.
One of our founding values is the sustaining and wisely managing of our natural and material resources.
More than 35 percent of the overall waste stream from Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus is recycled. Each year, the Rochester campus diverts approximately 1.5 million pounds of food waste from the waste stream. A portion of Mayo Clinic's municipal solid waste is disposed of at the Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy Facility and helps generate energy for the community.
Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester uses reusable waste containers for sharps, glass and hazardous medication waste. This practice prevents the disposal of approximately 380,000 pounds of plastic each year.
Sustainability and green initiatives have changed the way we look at every project. As we work to conserve resources, recycle materials and reduce waste, everything we do incorporates green thinking.
Mayo Clinic, in partnership with the Rochester YMCA, offers LIVESTRONG, a free, 12-week program to help ease cancer survivors back into fitness and to increase and maintain confidence. Cancer survivors know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can have on mind, body and spirit. This innovative program helps people begin to heal and reclaim their health. Physical activities are tailored to match participants with what they are able to accomplish. Important relationships are built with empathy. Strong connections are made among cancer survivors and their families.
Mayo Clinic, known throughout the world for its medical practice, education and research, supports a number of educational programs with schools and partnering organizations to advance student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as diversity awareness and appreciation for the arts. We help expose students to STEM through internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, field trips, specialized programming and enrichment, and by continually bringing specialists into the classroom.
This helps ensure that all children, including East African, Hmong and Hispanic immigrants, will acquire the skills, knowledge base, educational preparation and motivation required to succeed in an increasingly technological world all within a college-focused culture to support their embarking in postsecondary studies.
Mayo Clinic actively reaches out, with collaborative partners, to emerging businesses in our community. Our Supplier Diversity Initiative is a collaborative effort to provide business level opportunities, certification assistance and education to small and diverse area suppliers who seek access to the southeastern Minnesota economy and business community. Together with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, the city of Rochester, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, the Council on Black Minnesotans, Salute Minnesota, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center, the Women's Business Development Center — Minnesota, and North Central Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Mayo Clinic works to provide small businesses, minority, women and veteran-owned enterprises better access to opportunities in the economy.
Mayo Clinic helped create and offers ongoing support to the Salvation Army's Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides free and reduced-cost health care to community members without health insurance or who cannot otherwise afford care. The clinic is staffed by volunteer doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other medical professionals from the community. Last year, the Good Samaritan Health Clinic served more than 3,000 people.
Mayo Clinic performs a community health needs assessment to better serve its populations.
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