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Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement’s (OCHECE) mission is to eliminate cancer health disparities in Michigan by promoting community-engaged research and evidence-based strategies throughout Karmanos’ 46-county catchment area in Michigan.

OCHECE coordinates a number of efforts. These include Michigan Cancer HealthLink (formerly Detroit HealthLink for Equity in Cancer Care), an academic-community partnership created to build community capacity to collaborate in cancer-related research.

HealthLink convenes Cancer Action Councils (CACs), groups of cancer survivors, caregivers and advocates who use their local knowledge and expertise to reduce the burden of cancer. There are currently eight CACs across six cities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Genesee counties with racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse membership. Three CACs are specific to Arab American and LGBTQ priority populations. The HealthLink network currently includes over 80 CAC members, who are trained using capacity building curriculum and use this knowledge to identify research priorities and develop specific research questions that can be pursued in partnership with Karmanos investigators.

OCHECE has also established a Research and Advocacy Consortium (RAC), a growing network that currently includes faith-based, social service and public health organizations. The RAC is a network of more than 30 community partners that work with OCHECE to support evidence-based interventions to improve cancer outcomes; inform diverse communities about clinical trials, cancer control, prevention, screening and treatment; aid in the dissemination and implementation of research discoveries; and advance health policy recommendations. In 2019 the RAC initiative expanded to include community organizations from McLaren’s 43 county catchment areas.

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