Community Engagement & Health Equity Office

community engagement health equity office: partnerships enhancing cancer care

Reducing cancer disparities is at the heart of the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

The University of Illinois Cancer Center Community Engagement and Health Equity Office (CEHE) works to decrease cancer burden and increase access across the cancer care continuum. Our role is to:

  • Build relationships with community partners
  • Use community navigation best practices to increase access to cancer screening and cancer care
  • Disseminate project outcomes to Cancer Center programs
  • Advocate for policy changes that are responsive to the communities we serve

We achieve results through partnerships with UI Health, Mile Square Health Center, and more than 50 community and national organizations. Using an integrated population health and health disparities framework, our outcomes inform University of Illinois Cancer Center programmatic research.

University of Illinois Cancer Center 2020 Outcomes

Breast: Mile Square Accessible Mammogram Outreach and Engagement (Mi-MAMO)

Cervical: University of Illinois Cancer Screening, Access, Awareness, & Navigation (UI CAAN Cervical)

Colorectal: University of Illinois Cancer Screening, Access, Awareness, & Navigation (UI CAAN Colorectal)

Colorectal: Southside Colorectal Cancer Initiative (Mi-CARE)

Lung: Mile Square Adult Smoking Cessation (Mi-QUIT II)

The University of Illinois Cancer Center Informs Research

The University of Illinois Cancer Center is a community-focused cancer center. Our community engagement team collaborates with researchers to provide real-world, actionable input about the patients we serve in our catchment area communities.

Between May 2020 and December 2020, the Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) office received 15 results for research consultations or collaborations for community-engaged research initiatives. 

Research consultation/facilitation outcomes included:

  • 9 Cancer Center members
    • 6 Cancer Prevention & Control
    • 2 Translational Oncology
    • 1 Cancer Biology
  • 9 related to grant applications 
    • 2 NIH/NCI
    • 1 NIH (Other)
    • 2 Internal
    • 1 Local 
    • 3 Industry
  • 25 hours dedicated to consultation and completion of outcomes

CEHE Team 2020 Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jonathan Mason speaking

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Partnerships and Collaborations

The University of Illinois Cancer Center partners with UI Health/Mile Square Health Center, and more than 55 community and national organizations, to increase cancer screening and community engagement.

Become a Partner

We always welcome the opportunity to form new partnerships. Learn about how you can become a partner and work hand-in-hand with the CEHE to further your organization’s mission.

Reports

Download our recent reports to learn more about the differences that our partnerships have made in and beyond the communities we serve.

Our Team

Christine Jonel Adley

Leslie Carnahan

Jeanette Santana Gonzalez

Tamara Hamlish

Vida Henderson

Le’Chaun J Kendall

Jessica Madrigal

Nasima Mannan

Erica Martinez

Theresa Mobley

Jennifer M Newsome

Maria Olivero

Tonya Shani Roberson

Ryan S Stratton

Paola Torres

Ana Williams

Barbara Williams


Contact Us

To learn more about our partnerships, contact the Cancer Center Community Engagement & Health Equity Office:

(312) 355-5660
cancerengagement@uic.edu

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