Core Activities

As the only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute between Seattle and Sacramento, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's community outreach role is to share discoveries with and improve the health of all area residents.

Our team works to empower communities to address cancer health disparities by assisting in the creation of actionable community-level data, developing innovative educational tools and disseminating evidence-based materials and programs. We facilitate solutions that are consistent with community need, locally and culturally appropriate and feasible.

Education and Outreach

Our skilled Community Health Educators offer rural and urban communities across Oregon education and capacity building support to make data-informed decisions that guide cancer prevention and control efforts. Learn more about our cancer education programs for communities.

2015 Activities

We are currently implementing our cancer education programs in Central Oregon counties of Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook. If you are an individual, school, community organization or agency interested in addressing sun safety in this region, please contact us!

Bringing Science to Practice

Applying knowledge gained from scientific research to the community is not often simple, especially when the target populations are hard to reach. We are studying how to successfully bridge research findings to real-world use.


We increase awareness and adoption of NCI recommendations on cancer prevention, early detection and treatment through dissemination of information and community cancer education resources such as cancer education tool kits.