Office of Health Equity (OHE)
The Duke Cancer Center, formally relaunched in 2011 as the Duke Cancer Institute, has a long-standing commitment to community outreach and engagement, particularly around health education and screening for early detection. In 2012, DCI launched its Office of Health Equity (OHE).
In 2017, OHE received the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ prestigious “Innovator Award” in recognition of their successful community engagement and outreach endeavors over the years to increase the community’s awareness, knowledge, understanding, as well as the importance of engagement in clinical trials and research from a health equity perspective. In an effort to eliminate cancer disparities and promote health equity within the Duke Cancer Institute’s catchment area, we offer:
- Community-Facing Navigation
- Health Screening & Education
- Health Disparities Education
- Clinical Trials Education & Workplace Diversity Training
The Duke Cancer Center, formally relaunched in 2011 as the Duke Cancer Institute, has a long-standing commitment to community outreach and engagement, particularly around health education and screening for early detection. In 2012, DCI launched its Office of Health Equity (OHE) and in 2018 expanded its commitment to community outreach and engagement with a joint program between DCI and the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (DCTSI) called Alliances for Community Engagement and Stakeholder Strategy (ACESS).
The Office of Health Equity and ACESS are closely integrated. The Office of Health Equity remains as DCI’s primary focal point for community outreach, particularly around DCI’s hosting, coordinating, and participation in community health events and its commitment to community-facing navigation.
Alliances for Community Engagement and Stakeholder Strategy (ACESS) is focused on nurturing and continuing to expand DCI’s extensive network of community stakeholder partnerships with governmental, advocacy organization, and academic institutions, who share our vision for ending cancer health disparities and achieving cancer health equity. A particular area of integration between OHE and ACESS is improving minority participation in cancer clinical trials.
We engage with community and faith-based organizations to increase awareness of cancer risk factors, clinical trials, and resources that will eliminate barriers to healthcare in the community with the goal of decreasing cancer incidence and mortality.
Our Community-facing Navigation program is an essential link to all of our community outreach and engagement activities.
- Provide health education at various events in the community
- Identify individuals seeking/needing cancer screenings
- Provide one-on-one assistance in accessing cancer screenings at DCI and its affiliates
If diagnostic resolution of a suspicious finding is required, or a diagnosis of cancer is made, the Community-facing Navigators will refer patients to Duke Cancer Institute's Patient Navigators, social workers, financial counselors, medical family therapists, and other professionals that will assist the patient in getting the best care possible at the Duke Cancer Center.
Health Screening & Education
Each year the Office of Health Equity partners with other entities, both within the Duke enterprise and across Durham County, to organize lifesaving screenings and vital educational programs. The Men's Health Screening event and Women's Health Awareness symposium are among the Office of Health Equity's signature events.
To learn more information on screenings and educational programs, please contact the Office of Health Equity at 919.684.0409. To learn more about our Community Advisory Council, a dynamic group of individuals representing diverse perspectives of the community, click here.
Health Disparities Education & Research
We increase training and education in health disparities, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and through partnered pipeline training programs.
Clinical Trials Education & Workplace Diversity Training
We raise awareness about, knowledge of, and understanding of clinical trials and research with an emphasis on the importance of participation among diverse populations from a health equity perspective.
Bidirectional communication through partnerships and collaborations is a foundational cornerstone. It ensures that community perspectives and expertise inform both research and community programming.