Projects

Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC)

Mission

The mission of the Center for Healthy Communities Prevention Research Center is to address health promotion and chronic disease prevention needs of tribal and other underserved regional communities through community-engaged research, and through training, dissemination, and evaluation activities.

As a new member of the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN), the Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative at Oregon Health & Science University is designed to address the cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship needs of rural, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN), and other underserved communities through community-based research, training, dissemination and implementation, and evaluation activities.

Our Team

Co-Directors:

  • Jackie Shannon, PhD, RD
    Director, Integrated Program of Community Research
    Co-Program Lead, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Associate Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine
    shannoja@ohsu.edu
  • Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD
    Co-Program Lead, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Research Professor, School of Nursing
    wintersk@ohsu.edu

Co-Investigators:

  • Cynthia Perry, PhD
    Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program (OHSU School of Nursing, Portland campus) Associate Professor, School of Nursing
    perryci@ohsu.edu
  • Nancy Findholt, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing (OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande campus)
    findholt@ohsu.edu
  • Frances Lee-Lin, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing (OHSU School of Nursing, Portland campus)
    leelinf@ohsu.edu

Rural Community Advisory Committee:

  • Rural consultants from the following counties:
    • Union
    • Clatsop
    • Deschutes
    • Jefferson
  • American Indian representatives from the PRC Center Community Committee

Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative Program Manager:

  • Paige E. Farris, MSW
    Research Associate, Public Health & Preventive Medicine
    Research Program Administrator, Central Oregon Research Coalition
    farrisp@ohsu.edu

Focus and Goals

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The Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative will focus on Nutrition and Physical activity programs.

In order to reach the overall goal to reduce the risk of cancer and improve the quality and quantity of life for cancer survivors, we plan to:

  • Enhance the capacity of rural, American Indian and other underserved Oregon communities to implement evidence-based, scientifically rigorous interventions toward improving diet and physical activity;
  • Engage rural, American Indian and other underserved Oregon community members to participate in community-based research interventions by expanding upon current joint community-academic initiatives;
  • Improve the capacity of our institution to conduct community-based, cancer-focused research by building infrastructure, teams and training opportunities that lead to effective and sustainable implementation of cancer prevention and control research into Oregon communities statewide;
  • Leverage the commitment of OHSU and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to improve community-centered, informed research;
  • Prevent cancer, detect cancer early, and promote health and wellness among cancer survivors in communities that may be both culturally and geographically difficult to reach. 

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