Community Ambassadors

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A network of volunteers boosting awareness of OHSU research

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Ambassador 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.

We are committed to improving the health and wellness of all Oregonians

To do this, we need to hear about local cancer and health related concerns, as well as be able to share opportunities to participate in cutting edge science with community members from across the state. Community Ambassadors are an important connection between the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and communities statewide, and bring invaluable local perspective to researchers as they design and implement cancer research and programs.

Learn more about the program:

Our mission

To support communities in understanding how they can participate in cancer-related research projects to promote healthier communities across Oregon.

Strategic objectives

  • Build and promote ongoing community engagement by informing and empowering local communities and community networks to participate in OHSU research projects.
  • Share the newest cancer-related projects and resources in your community.
  • Engage with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute by acting as stakeholders and representing the community voice.

The Community Ambassador Program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in advancing community-focused research and getting involved with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. No prior training or experience is necessary.

Ideal qualifications

Have a passion for improving health and wellness in their community and an interest in learning more about and promoting research

  • Demonstrate experience working with the general public and representing collective community perspectives
  • Be strong communicators and play an active role in their community locally or regionally
  • Understand how and where to share information in their local area
  • Be willing to utilize their personal and professional networks to share OHSU led research opportunities

Expectations

  • Commit to this role for a minimum of one year
  • Attend Community Ambassador trainings (virtual, estimated 4-5 hours total) and completing the OHSU volunteer registration process
  • Participate in quarterly group meetings (virtual and/or in person) and email discussions
  • Volunteer a minimum of four hours per month to increase awareness among your community of Knight research opportunities

Additional benefits

  • Access to educational resources and materials related to cancer research/projects
  • Experience as an OHSU volunteer
  • Invitations to attend OHSU Knight Cancer Institute events, workshops and conferences
  • Contribute to the Knight Cancer Institute's goal to end cancer as we know it

To learn more about this program, please email knightcancercro@ohsu.edu

What is the Knight Community Ambassador Program?

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Ambassador 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 and future research opportunities. By working collaboratively with Community Ambassadors, OHSU researchers can meaningfully incorporate a diversity of perspectives in their work.

Why do we need community ambassadors?

Community Ambassadors are an important connection between the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and communities statewide, and bring invaluable local perspective to researchers as they design and implement cancer research and programs. Ambassadors:

  • Have valuable insight and ideas that support OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in its quest to help educate communities about research projects that are available in their communities and how they can participate.
  • Provide a grassroots approach to activate Oregonians through meaningful outreach
  • Share OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's best practices, to ensure a local context is considered in the preparation, conduct, and dissemination of cancer research.

Are community ambassadors official OHSU Knight Cancer Institute representatives?

Community Ambassadors are volunteers, and not representatives of OHSU. While they do not speak on OHSU's behalf, they are partners aligned with OHSU's principles. Statements made by Ambassadors should not be construed as statements from OHSU.

Who can become a community ambassador?

The Community Ambassador Program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in advancing community-focused research and getting involved with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. 

Is prior experience or training required to be a community ambassador?

No prior training or experience is necessary.

What is the time commitment to be a community ambassador?

  • A minimum commitment of one year
  • Attending Community Ambassador training webinars and completing the OHSU volunteer registration process (approx. three hours to complete)
  • Be willing to volunteer at least four hours per month to increase awareness among your community of Knight research opportunities, including participation in quarterly group meetings (virtual and/or in person) and email discussions

How does OHSU support community ambassadors?

Community Ambassadors have the support and guidance of the Knight Community Outreach and Engagement team. They provide training and content to share with community networks, help address challenges, and strategize community-based partnerships.

What are the benefits to being a community ambassador?

  • Experience as an OHSU volunteer
  • Invitations to attend OHSU Knight Cancer Institute-directed events, workshops and conferences
  • Contribute to the Knight Cancer Institute's goal to end cancer as we know it

How do I apply to be a community ambassador?

OHSU researchers: How do I request support from the community ambassadors for my research study/project?

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Ambassadors are part of a volunteer network of individuals across Oregon dedicated to increasing community awareness of OHSU research and building local capacity to participate in current/future research opportunities. Ambassadors are not OHSU employees.

Clackamas County

Liberty Barnes is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Clackamas County.
Liberty Barnes, Ph.D.

Coos County

Dennita Antonellis-John is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Coos County.
Dennita Antonellis-John, M.P.H.

Harney County

Savanna Cate is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Harney County.
Savanna Cate

Lane County

Lisa Milton is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Lane County.
Lisa Milton

Multnomah County

Valerie Correa is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Multnomah County.
Valerie Correa, Psy.D., LMFT
Carmen Filbert is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Multnomah County.
Carmen Filbert, HCM

Washington County

Andrea Lara is a volunteer with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Ambassador Program in Washington County.
Andrea Lara, M.D., M.P.H.

Community Ambassador request

Ambassadors connect OHSU researchers with Oregon communities.