Niyati Desai, M.A.

  • Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine


Niyati Desai, M.A., serves as the manager of community outreach and education with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and has over 12 years' experience in health promotion program management and leadership. She manages operations for the Community Partnership Program and supervises the implementation and evaluation of  community cancer prevention and health education activities in Central Oregon in partnership with National Cancer Institute's National Outreach Network. 

Niyati received her master's degree in integrative health studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. During that time, she also served as adjunct faculty teaching courses in integrative nutrition and health program evaluation. She was previously the program coordinator for Soul Food at Nextcourse, where she researched the impact of nutrition education and physical activity on health behaviors of formerly incarcerated women in San Francisco, and the associate director of Teleosis Institute, managing programs that enhance environmental sustainability in the field of medicine. 



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