detroit healthlink finalDetroit HealthLink is a region-wide coalition to address cancer-related needs in metropolitan Detroit. Funded in 2016 by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Detroit HealthLInk brings together community members, community-based organizations, and cancer researchers to develop research ideas as well as educational and service-based programs.

Why do we need Detroit HealthLink?

Cancer affects more people in the city of Detroit and Wayne County than most other parts of the state. This not only means that more people are diagnosed with cancer, but more people die from cancer. If community members and researchers work together, targeted research and programming can be developed to improve a wide range of cancer outcomes in our area.

Cancer Action Councils: The heart of HealthLink

At the heart of Detroit HealthLink are the Cancer Action Councils (CACs): groups of community members and leaders who use their local knowledge to improve the lives of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in their communities. There are three Councils up and running, facilitated by our HealthLink specialist at threes sites: 1) Voices of Detroit Initiative (VODI) Community Outreach Office (Conner Creek, Detroit); 2) Western Wayne Family Center (Inkster, MI); and 3) Karmanos Cancer Institute (Midtown Detroit).  We are expanding to develop councils at ACCESS in Dearborn, and at LGBT Detroit. There is also a council being established to focus on Cancer, Communities, and Technology.

We are now recruiting new members for the following CACs located at…

  1. LGBT Detroit, focusing on cancer issues in LGBT communities;
  2. KCI, focusing on Cancer, Communities, and Technology.

Apply online here.  For more information call Knoll Larkin at 313-576-9691 or email at