More than 82,000 refugees have been resettled in Maricopa County since 1978, representing countries such as Cuba, Iraq and Syria. This population faces disproportionate health disparities, largely due to geographic, linguistic and cultural barriers to care. Following an outreach trip to Nicaragua in summer 2017, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Arizona State University (ASU) students connected to discuss the needs of this underrepresented community. Within the first few weeks of class, these students submitted a proposal outlining the need to help this specific population and requesting the formation of the Refugee Education and Clinic Team, also known as REACT. In addition to its national impact, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine also is committed to serving the communities in which each of its three campuses is located. Through its approval of REACT, the Arizona campus began its service to the refugee community.
Reach: Arizona Pulse is a digital magazine of the Arizona Medical Association. The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) is the largest organization in the state representing the interests of all physicians. The Arizona Pulse is published four times a year.
Context: Originally established in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1972, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is ranked among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. A national medical school with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, it is a transformative leader in medical education. With one of the largest faculty-to-student ratios in the country, Mayo’s medical school is able to offer students leading-edge clinical experiences at top ranked hospitals across all Mayo campuses.