We are the Community Outreach, Research and Engagement (CORE) team.  We support community–academic partnerships, gather community input for academic research, and increase research in community settings that is responsive to the pressing health concerns of residents in Oregon. 

CORE connects established academic community outreach programs from Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)  and Knight Cancer Institute to transform research from a scientist–subject interaction into a collaboration.  The success of this work depends on researchers and community members being engaged, connected, equipped with the resources they need and informed of new opportunities to work together toward the goal of improved human health. 

CORE: The big picture

CORE logo showing shared services of OCTRI and Knight Community Outreach throughout Oregon

Knight Cancer Institute's Community Outreach and Engagement Program

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute aims to collaboratively address priority issues related to cancer prevention, early detection and screening and access to cancer care in Oregon and Southwest Washington through grantmaking, research and community engagement. 

Learn more about the Community Outreach and Engagement Program

OCTRI Community Research Hub

The OCTRI Community Research Hub connects and supports researchers and community members in order to facilitate, grow and strengthen community-engaged research. The Hub works in five regions across the state, with community research liaisons living and working in each region. 

Learn more about the Community Research Hub 

Learn more about OCTRI 

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How we engage communities

To meet our goal of increasing community engagement in research, the CORE team pursues the following strategies: 

  • Building capacity. We increase the knowledge, awareness and ability of community members and researchers to implement and disseminate research in Oregon. 

  • Ensuring relevance. We promote the development of research and outreach strategies that truly matter to the involved communities. 

  • Enhancing receptivity. We promote trust between communities and academic partners, expanding the understanding of research and what it means to participate and collaborate in research activities. 

  • Increasing collaboration. We develop and conduct collaborative research projects to address critical public health needs, including cancer. 

Shared services for researchers and community members

  •  Community/Patient Engagement Studios -  A structured approach to obtain meaningful input from community members to inform your research.
  • Strategy and Collaboration  The CORE Team can be hired to support any aspect related to community outreach and engagement in Oregon.
  • Reach and Recruitment -  The CORE Team supports investigator success by helping to increase awareness of your projects or research opportunities and increase participation across Oregon.


Jackilen Shannon

Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D.
Director, Community Outreach, Research & Engagement
Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

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