Community Outreach & Engagement

A united front for cancer awareness and community research

Everyone is at risk of developing cancer, some individuals more than others. But we can all lower our chances of dying from cancer by establishing healthy behaviors such as not using tobacco, drinking in moderation, getting exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.

We also can prevent certain cancers through vaccinations, while cancers such as breast, cervical, colon, and lung can be caught early through routine screenings.

Community outreach and engagement uses evidence-based strategies to help people prevent the disease from occurring and helping people get needed cancer screenings so that the disease can be diagnosed in early stages. We also seek to help cancer survivors deal with issues that cancer diagnosis and treatment create. 

6.7M+people live in our catchment area

11.9%of individuals in Indiana live below the poverty line

10.9%of Hoosiers are uninsured

Programs & Activities

Our outreach and education programming aims to lessen the cancer burden through strong bidirectional engagement with community organizations.

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We collaborate with local, statewide, and national organizations to reach individuals affected by cancer, patient advocates, health care providers, and research colleagues.

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Our communications activities support the dissemination of culturally relevant research to the people through community partners. 

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We share our research findings with community leaders and research colleagues across the state–and train the next generation of behavioral oncologists.

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Another fact to remember: 40% of Hoosiers will have cancer at some time in their lives.

Simon Says: Your questions. Our experts.

The Simon Says Expert Series is a live monthly session featuring our world-renowned researchers, physicians, and specialists sharing their knowledge on everything from prevention to survivorship.

Each livestream is about 45-50 minutes long and registration is FREE.

Interested in collaborating with the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement on cancer awareness and research advocacy in Indiana? Use our Partnership Interest Form to let us know how we can help.


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