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We Have A New Home

The Office of Cancer Health Equity & Community Engagement has a new website where you will find up-to-date news, resources and access to our research work. Click the link below to view our new home.  


OCHECE’s mission is to eliminate cancer health disparities in Michigan by promoting community-engaged research and evidence-based strategies throughout Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 46-county catchment area in Michigan

Phone:  313-576-9691



OCHECE coordinates a number of efforts. These include Michigan Cancer HealthLink (formerly Detroit HealthLink for Equity in Cancer Care), an academic-community partnership created to build community capacity to collaborate in cancer-related research.


Taking Care Of Your Mind & Body

Guidance from an oncologist and cancer survivor: Isaac Powell, M.D., coping with stress, anxiety, and grief, accessing support, resources and more. 

Support for Central and Northern Michigan

Guidance and access to care from an oncology perspective, what to expect at cancer treatment centers following COVID-19, mental wellness and accessing financial support and resources. 

What Cancer Patients, Survivors & Caregivers Need to Know

An overview of COVID-19 & an Oncologist’s Perspective (Michael Simon, MD),  what to expect at cancer treatment centers during COVID-19 (Lauren Lawrence), and update from the Detroit Health Department.

Cancer Research Opportunities & Challenges in the LGBT Community

Scout, MA, Ph.D., is the deputy director of the National LGBT Cancer Network and the principal investigator of the CDC-funded LGBTQ tobacco-related cancer disparity network. Here he discusses the cancer research opportunities and challenges in the LGBT community.

Understanding & Interrupting Microaggressions

Dr. Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D., director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion and assistant professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine discusses the examination of self to be an effective community members, academics, stakeholders and researchers.

The Menthol Exemption: An Example Of Public Policy Gone Wrong

Phoenix A. Mathews, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at the Chicago College of Nursing discusses how the health of the nation can be influenced by public health policies and by policies in many other sectors, including transportation policies (bike lanes), school nutrition, and age limits for purchasing alcohol and tobacco.