Equity in healthcare and workforce: Outcomes from the Mayo Clinic RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower conference

Sherry S. Chesak, Patrick L. Decker-Tonnesen, Ashok Kumbamu, Ivana Croghan, Barbara L. Jordan, Cathryn H. Fraser, John D. Halamka, Charanjit S. Rihal, Gianrico Farrugia, Anjali Bhagra

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of the Mayo Clinic Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen and Empower (RISE) for Equity national conference on participant healthcare professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism. Data sources: and Study Setting: Primary data were collected from conference participants (N = 430) who represented 37 states and were primarily employed as healthcare professionals. Quantitative and qualitative assessments were electronically conducted immediately post-conference (n = 180) and three months post-conference (n = 105). Study design: A case study/program evaluation study design was employed to assess changes in participants' DEI and anti-racism KSAs. Surveys included demographic questions and Likert scale questions, measuring knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Qualitative responses were also analyzed for thematic outcomes. Data collection and extraction methods: Surveys were administered via the Qualtrics XM Platform, with participation being anonymous. Responses were collected at both timepoints, and mean scores for KSAs were analyzed. Qualitative data underwent thematic analysis. Principal findings: Participants' mean scores for knowledge, skills, and attitudes were favorable at both timepoints and remained statistically unchanged, indicating sustained impact. Qualitative feedback revealed themes of growth, support, and understanding identities, demonstrating participants' commitment to promoting DEI and anti-racism in their work practices. Conclusions: The Mayo Clinic RISE for Equity conference effectively enhanced participants' DEI and anti-racism KSAs, with positive outcomes sustained over three months. This study highlights the value of communal learning experiences and intentional DEI and anti-racism education. Further research should explore the broader impact of such initiatives on health disparities and workforce inclusion, considering diverse populations and organizations beyond Mayo Clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100881
JournalSocial Sciences and Humanities Open
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • Communal learning
  • Conference participation
  • Diversity
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Healthcare
  • Knowledge
  • Skills and attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Decision Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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