Programs and Initiatives

Members of the Healthy Oregon Project team tabling at a Portland Trailblazers game

Addressing the burden of cancer in Oregon

Based on the findings from our annual catchment area needs assessment, we will identify cancer-related health disparities. 

We prioritize engagement with communities that face a disproportionate burden of cancer in Oregon. This may include, but is not limited to communities and individuals experiencing marginalization and inequity due to sexism, class oppression, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, racism, and geographic disparities.

We respond to data (e.g., the state cancer registry, behavioral risk factor surveillance system) and prioritize working with groups of people who experience low cancer screening rates or high late-stage cancer diagnoses, incidence rates, and mortality rates.

Healthy Oregon Project

The Healthy Oregon Project (HOP) aims to learn about the health and wellness of people in and around Oregon. We want to learn more about how a person’s genetics, environment, and behaviors affect the risk of chronic disease, including cancer. Learn more and enroll.

Research in Oregon Communities' Review System

The Research in Oregon Communities' Review System (ROCRS) aims to facilitate a locally-developed cancer research strategy to increase cancer prevention and control research, and build capacity of primary care or community teams to increase  readiness to participate in cancer prevention or control research. This system convenes community advisory committees across Oregon to assess researchers' project design,  responsiveness, and success.


Please fill out the Project Assistance Program consultation form and someone from our team will reach out within 1-2 weeks to discuss next steps. 


For general inquiries, email


The Knight Community Outreach and Engagement team is just one branch of the broader Community Outreach, Research and Engagement (CORE) at OHSU.