Become a Community Partner

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Community partnerships are an essential part of cancer research and outcomes. At University of Illinois Cancer Center, we work with more than 55 community and national organizations to increase cancer screening and community engagement in the areas we serve.

At the Community Engagement & Health Equity (CEHE) office, our goal is to be a resource to the community and community-based organizations.

Become a Partner

We always welcome the opportunity to form new partnerships. 

Partnerships must meet at least one of the four priorities outlined in our mission:

  1. Develop strategic community-academic partnerships to facilitate community engagement and project development, implementation, and dissemination of research conducted by cancer center members. 
  2. Conduct best practices for patient navigation across the cancer continuum of care relevant to the catchment area and beyond to reduce cancer burden.
  3. Inform research priorities and development through community outreach and engagement collaborations and dissemination of findings to community stakeholders and cancer center programs (Cancer Biology, Translational Oncology, and Cancer Prevention and Control).
  4. Identify, develop, and influence policy recommendations and advocacy efforts that are relevant to the catchment population, federally qualified health centers, community organizations, and other cancer care stakeholders.

Levels of Collaboration

Whether it’s partnering for a single event or having an ongoing collaboration, there are many ways in which the UI Cancer Center and other organizations can work together. The CEHE team determines a level of collaboration with each partner:

The five levels of community partnerships include:

  1. Communicate: Inter-agency information sharing, such as networking
  2. Cooperate: Informal interaction on specific discrete activities or projects
  3. Coordinate: Systematically adjusting and aligning work among both organizations to achieve greater outcomes
  4. Collaborate: Long-term interaction based on a shared mission and goals, involving shared decision-making and resources
  5. Integrate: Fully integrate programs, planning, and funding

Community Partnerships Requests

Discrete or Event Requests (Communicate or Cooperate Level Partnerships)

Formal Partnerships (Coordinate, Collaborate, or Integrate Level Partnerships)


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