Mayo Mankato is working to create more inclusive communities.

A program earlier this evening focused on encouraging positive conversations on topics such as race, class, disabilities and sexual orientation. It also provided an opportunity to discover more effective and compassionate ways to connect with colleagues, neighbors and the community.

"Everybody has their own walk of life and it's important for us as healthcare providers to put people at ease so we can really understand what's ailing them and best heal," regional chair of Mayo Clinic Health System's Diversity and Inclusion Council Dr. Jacqueline Corona said.

Dr. Corona added that being prepared for these conversations is important not only in the healthcare setting but across all areas and is hopeful that tonight's discussion will lead the public to hold their own.

--KEYC News 12