Young Survivor's CAC

We are seeking young cancer survivors, caregivers of young cancer survivors, and advocates who want to make a change in cancer care! Council members use their personal experiences with cancer to ensure that cancer research and programs address the needs of the metro Detroit community.

CenR Symposium

December 1st and 2nd marked the third annual Community Engaged Research Symposium: Advancing Health Equity. This year’s focus was “The Impact of COVID-19 Now and in the Future,” and featured close to 60 speakers and was attended virtually by more than 200 individuals from Michigan and across the nation. Click “watch now” to see all the recorded presentations from the symposium.


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.


Our Mission & Vision

OCHECE also supports research infrastructure and projects that address disparities in the catchment area. This includes an NCI P30 supplemental award to build a Rural Cancer Control Research Program in collaboration with the co-located KCI and McLaren Hospital sites in Central Michigan, as well as local federally qualified health centers and primary care clinics. By building this infrastructure, KCI will be able to conduct research, specifically in the areas of familial and genetic risk of cancer and cancer caregiving.

A Word


This wide-ranging program provided current and relevant information that medical professionals, various health care providers, care-givers, community support personnel and other partner organizations such as HealthLink can utilize in providing appropriate services.

– Anitta Orr, Member


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.



Our News & Announcements

Latest blog posts from the OCHECE. 

Cancer Action Councils Thrive After COVID-19

Cancer Action Councils Thrive After COVID-19

Our Cancer Action Councils continue to meet without missing a beat even during this pandemic. They have dug in their heels, bringing strengthen and purpose to serve their community. March, April, May, June, July and now August groups have met to review their research...

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