We support the advancement of health services research and implementation science toward the benefit of the Comprehensive Cancer Center catchment area (CA) and beyond. Additionally, Comprehensive Cancer Center programs support basic, translational and clinical research with the goal of improving both clinical care and population health. The community outreach and engagement initiatives described in this section focus on a key strategy of ensuring local impact to the Comprehensive Cancer Center catchment area, with the larger goal of laying a foundation for a robust cancer disparities research program that produces broader national and global impact.
Health Disparities in Our Region
The region we serve has significant health disparities compared to national averages for cancer incidence and mortality. In order to better serve our population, the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center established the Office of Cancer Health Equity (OCHE) in 2014 as a part of the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) initiative.
The goal of Community Outreach and Engagement is to inform and facilitate community-engaged research, educational programming, and cancer control strategies to address the cancer burden in our catchment area, prioritizing underserved populations.
The Office of Cancer Health Equity (OCHE), the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) all play a critical role in the execution of this mission and its aims.
- Aim 1: Disseminate information on the cancer burden, risk factors, and disparities in our catchment area
- Aim 2: Implement evidence- and community-based cancer control interventions
- Aim 3: Facilitate and support community-engaged research and diverse clinical trial participation
- Aim 4: Promote policy and advocacy to advance cancer health equity
View our photo gallery highlighting some of the events that we have participated in within our local community.