Wednesday October 10th 2018
1 PM – 3 PM
Wertz Auditorium, Karmanos Cancer Institute

 Please join us for a celebration and open house.  Come meet our staff and learn more about OCHECE’s aims and initiatives.  All faculty, staff, community partners, and community members are welcome to attend.

Program begins at 1:00 PM; Reception and networking to directly follow.  Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday October 5th online:

Speakers include:
Dr. Gerold Bepler, MD, President & CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Madeline Bialecki, Executive Director, The Lake House.
Polly A. Hager, MSN, RN, Cancer Prevention and Control Section Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Pastor Jean Overman, Christ Temple of Refuge Church & Executive Director, Operation Refuge.
Madiha Tariq, MPH, Deputy Director, ACCESS Community Health & Research Center
Dr. Hayley Thompson, PhD, Associate Center Director, Community Outreach & Engagement, Faculty Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity & Community Engagement, Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The mission of the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement (OCHECE) is to eliminate cancer health disparities in Michigan by promoting community-engaged research and supporting fair access to the full continuum of cancer care for all populations.

OCHECE encourages targeted cancer research that is relevant to diverse populations within KCI’s 46-county catchment area; engages community stakeholders in research as collaborators and decision makers; and advocates health policy that reduces the burden of cancer.  OCHECE works across KCI’s four research programs (Populations Studies & Disparities, Tumor Biology and Microenvironment, Molecular Imaging, and Molecular Therapeutics) to increase the involvement of community members in all phases of research through strategic community-academic partnerships.  OCHECE also promotes efforts to decrease disparities through evidence-based strategies and the implementation of health policy recommendations.


HealthLink is now a part of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s new Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement.