Health is shaped by community. Efforts to improve health in our communities require cross-sector collaboration (businesses, non-profits, government, citizen advocacy groups), where many perspectives, strengths and resources come together to address complex challenges, such as poverty, homelessness, mental health, obesity, diabetes and disease prevention. As Mayo Clinic founder, Dr. William Worrall Mayo, stated describing the broad expertise needed to best serve the interests of each patient: “a union of forces is necessary.”
The Mayo Clinic Shared Value Award supports a new or existing collaborative effort to address a complex social challenge impacting health and vibrancy in Olmsted County, MN.
The 2019 Shared Value Award provides $30,000 to a project that supports health priorities in Olmsted County. Three finalists will be selected among applicants. Community members and Mayo Clinic employees will choose the winning project through Website voting from September 3 through October 15. The winning effort will receive $30,000 and the each runner up will receive $5,000 to advance their efforts.
Ideal projects will include collaborations of the non-profit, government and business sectors of our community. The awarded project will receive one check (for up to $30,000) and be required to report on progress/impacts at six months (by April 30 of the year after the grant is awarded), and at the end of one year (October the following year after the grant is awarded). Projects that demonstrate shared value (for organizations and the wider community) and continue beyond one year are eligible to re-apply in subsequent years.