Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity
As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Duke Cancer Institute aims to reduce the burden of cancer and promote health equity, beginning with communities in DCI's diverse catchment area, which consists of 67 counties in North Carolina, 31 counties in Virginia, and six counties in South Carolina.
The DCI Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity program has the following goals:
- To engage meaningfully, respectfully, and collaboratively with our community partners
- To disseminate and implement evidence-based strategies and policies to reduce burden of cancer in our catchment area
- To strengthen partnerships between our communities and scientists for novel discoveries that benefit our community
To achieve these goals, we conduct extensive outreach activities with communities in our catchment area, including education, screening, and health fairs to reduce cancer risk factors and promote cancer screening, diagnosis, and navigation to timely treatment. We also engage bidirectionally with community partners to develop strategies to reduce the burden of cancer. We are committed to strengthening shared leadership models with community partners to create lasting and sustainable cancer prevention initiatives in our catchment area.
To learn more about our COEE activities and programs or to partner with us, visit our website.
Health Screening & Education
Each year, Community Outreach, Engagement, and 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.