Detroit 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.
Detroit HealthLink currently has 6 active Cancer Action Councils (CACs):
- Voices of Detroit Initiative (VODI)/Conner Creek [Detroit]
- Karmanos Cancer Institute [Detroit]
- Western Wayne [Inkster]
- ACCESS-Arab American [Dearborn]
- LGBT Detroit-Sexual & Gender Minorities [Detroit, 2 CACs]
We are now recruiting for new CACs located in Oakland, Macomb, and Genesee counties.