Connecting cancer research with Oregon communities
Community Health Educators (CHEs) are a part of the National Cancer Institute’s National Outreach Network. CHEs serve as a bridge between cancer research and Oregon communities.
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- Assess the needs, strengths and resources of Oregon communities
- Disseminate culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information
- Adapt and test culturally tailored education and outreach activities that address local and statewide cancer health disparities.
- Enhance OHSU researchers' understanding of the needs and preferences of communities across Oregon to increase impact.
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.
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.
- Education and Outreach
We deliver culturally tailored outreach and education to increase knowledge, acceptance and access to evidence-based cancer information and resources, such as Screen to Save, HPV vaccination and clinical trials.
- Community Ambassadors
Community Ambassadors are a volunteer network of individuals across Oregon dedicated to increasing community awareness of OHSU research opportunities and to building local capacity to participate in current/future research opportunities.
- Community Readiness Assessments
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.