COVID-19, Cancer & Community Survey

The Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University is part of a consortium of cancer centers that is launching a survey to ask community members about their experiences with health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically cancer prevention, screening, and treatment.   Questions? See FAQs below. 



For additional information, please contact Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. at or 313-576-9734, or Sheena Cresswell, MPH at or 313-576-8869.

What will be done with survey results?

The survey responses will be analyzed our research study team, who will create reports, presentations, and publications based on the data. Specific reports will be provided to our community partner organizations and other social service agencies to give them insight into services the community needs at this time. Data will always be reported for the entire group or subgroups of people who complete the survey. The information of any individual will never be reported.


What kinds of questions does the survey ask?

The survey asks about your experience with the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and the changes it has caused in your healthcare, cancer care, daily living, and mood. It will also ask you about your attitudes toward healthcare and research and experiences of discrimination.


Who is conducting the survey?

The Principal Investigator is Hayley Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Center Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Karmanos Cancer Institute and Professor, Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.


Who can take the survey?

Anyone who lives in the state Michigan and is 18 years of age or older.


Who is funding the survey?

The National Cancer Institute.


How can I take the survey?

To take the survey by phone, or if you have questions,  email   or call Sheena Cresswell at 313-576-8869.


How long does it take to complete?

The survey takes most people between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.


Are my answers confidential?

Yes! All of the information you provide will be confidential and will be stored electronically in an encrypted database. Your name and other identifying information will not be stored or linked to your answers.


Will I receive anything for completing the survey?

Completing the entire survey earns you a $10 gift card. You will have the option of receiving an e-gift card or a physical card via U.S. mail.


Which community partner organizations involved are involved in this COVID-19 Research study? Our formal community partners include:

  • St. Patrick Senior Center
  • The Faith-Based Genetic Research Institute
  • LGBT-Detroit
  • Wayne Western Family Health Centers
  • Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan
  • United Way of Isabella and Gratiot Counties
  • American Cancer Society, North Central Region
  • MI Department of Health and Human Services