Congrats to Dr. Hayley Thompson, Detroit HealthLink staff, and community partners.  In July 2017 Detroit HealthLink was awarded an additional Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award to increase LGBTQ community engagement in cancer research by funding the expansion of Detroit HealthLink to LGBTQ communities in and around Detroit. The project will be led by Hayley Thompson (Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University) Deirdre Shires (Michigan State University School of Social Work) and Curtis Lipscomb (LGBT Detroit – Community Lead). The award will fund the “Partnering with Sexual and Gender Minority Communities to Address Cancer Disparities in Detroit” project with $250,000 over two years.
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There are about one million sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) living with cancer in the U.S. today.  There is evidence that SGM cancer disparities exist, yet little is known about SGM experiences across the cancer care continuum.  This is particularly true for African American SGMs who may experience greater disadvantage and cancer burden due to the intersection of SGM identity and race.  Cancer-related patient-centered outcomes research has the potential to more fully describe SGM experiences across the cancer care continuum and identify promising points of intervention.   

The HealthLink expansion is a collaboration between Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and community partners LGBT Detroit and SAGE Metro Detroit. The goals of the project are to establish two Cancer Action Councils with community stakeholders in the metro Detroit sexual and gender minority community. Cancer Action Council members will be trained in research methods and ultimately assist with conducting a series of focus groups in the community to identify cancer-specific patient-centered outcomes research needs among racially and socioeconomically diverse SGM individuals.

Detroit HealthLink is now recruiting LGBTQ cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates to join our Cancer Action Councils.  To learn more about participating or to apply please visit or contact:

Danny Inman, HealthLink Specialist

Knoll Larkin, Project Director

Detroit HealthLink Receives Second PCORI Engagement Award!