Community-Focused Research

An incubator for community-based participatory research

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach to research that involves shared, reflective, and systematic study in which researchers and community stakeholders engage as equal partners in all steps of the research process with the goals of educating, improving practice or bringing about social change.

The cancer center is an incubator for emerging research scientists and community partners interested in firsthand experience in conducting community-based participatory research.

Research highlights

Through our Interdisciplinary Cancer Prevention and Control training program, we support individuals getting their PhDs and encourage  PhD graduates to pursue postdoctoral education.  Similarly, our community partners, in collaboration with an academic researcher, drive studies that are initiated by, implemented in, and evaluated jointly with the community.

After the clinical trial, researchers and the community work together to evaluate the effects of the intervention on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.

Research questions at the center of some of our active and recent clinical trials include:

  • Increasing breast, cervical and colon cancer screening in rural Indiana and Ohio.
  • Implementing evidence-based screening for colorectal cancer in the Indiana Rural Health Association

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Funding for community programs and research

OCOE currently offers two award opportunities for supporting cancer-related research that hopefully will lead to the pursuit of larger grants and is intended to contribute to the reduction of the cancer burden in Indiana.

Community-academic collaborative pilot research award

OCOE is interested in programs or community-led research that will increase our reach or understanding of the underserved populations in Indiana who bear a greater cancer burden. This project must be co-led by a community advocate or partner and current faculty affiliated with a college/university.

Pilot project proposals with a focus on community outreach and engagement

The OCOE invites proposals for pilot/feasibility research projects focused on how demographics, social determinants of health, comorbidities (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc.), and behaviors (tobacco use, screening, preventive measures such as vaccination, diet and exercise) affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

The principal investigator must be an associate or full member of the cancer center.

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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