About Us 

About Us

Who We Are

Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) implements its community outreach and engagement (COE) efforts through the Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement (OCHECE). Established in 2017, OCHECE monitors the cancer burden in Karmanos' 46 county catchment area and engages our diverse communities and scientists in strategies to reduce that burden and improve cancer outcomes across all populations.

OCHECE supports the intersection of community engagement and research across the cancer care continuum from cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. OCHECE builds research capacity in communities by educating community members and organizations about cancer research and providing opportunities for community stakeholders to dialogue with basic, clinical and population scientists, thereby enabling communities to have a voice in driving research and change.

map of catchment areas

What We Do

OCHECE supports strategic research initiatives, academic-community partnerships and evidence-based strategies to improve cancer care outcomes. Its activities are guided by a cancer surveillance strategy that captures data across four distinct catchment area regions that are diverse in race, ethnicity, and rurality. Activities are further guided by a participatory research approach in which community stakeholders actively engage in research prioritization, implementation and dissemination.

Two vehicles for creating change are the KCI HealthLink Cancer Action Councils (CAC) and the Research Advisory Consortium (RAC). The CACs are a network of groups that include cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates who are committed to reducing the cancer burden in our area. The RAC includes community-based organizations that partner with Karmanos Cancer Institute on a range of cancer-based initiatives.

Core Values

Everything we do is guided by our core values