About Community Cancer Health Education

Our Community Health Educators are part of the National Cancer Institute's National Outreach Network (NON). Through this network, our cancer health educators promote a symbiotic relationship that bridges researchers with communities for education, outreach and research dissemination.

Who we work with

Any private or public community-based agency or organization either focused on reducing cancer disparities and/or serving target populations. This includes schools, health departments, hospitals/clinics, non-profit organizations, government agencies, etc.  

Our priorities

We prioritize engagement with communities focused on addressing the needs of groups with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Rural Oregonians
  • Lower socioeconomic and/or ethnically diverse communities
  • Low screening rates, high late stage diagnoses, incidence or mortality rates, as identified by BRFSS, OSCaR or other data sources

What we do

We assist communities in identifying local strengths, gaps and resources to address community-specific cancer issues through a tiered engagement model for research and education. 

  • Community Ambassadors
    The Community Ambassadors program is a volunteer network of individuals across Oregon dedicated to increasing community awareness of OHSU research and to building local capacity to participate in current/future research opportunities. 

  • Melanoma Warriors
    Melanoma Warriors is a melanoma resources group for Central Oregon residents, meeting regularly and hosting a number of statewide guest speakers to share cancer-related information with participants.  

  • Let's Get Healthy! 
    Let's Get Healthy! fairs offer communities an interactive opportunity to receive personalized feedback on cancer risk and learn about the quality of their lifestyle, while contributing to local research. 

  • Community Readiness
    Community Readiness assessments offer an on-the-ground opportunity to identify a community's preparedness to address local cancer issues by gaining data on local, knowledge, perceptions, beliefs across sectors. 

  • Action Planning
    Action Planning assists community partners in effective uptake of local data gathered via Let's Get Healthy! and/or Community Readiness. Action plans match local capacity with appropriate strategies to enhance impact, efficacy, and sustainability of local cancer efforts.

Knight Cancer community ambassadors

Community Ambassador Program

Ambassadors connect OHSU researchers with Oregon communities.