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Community Engagement

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center has a long-standing history of commitment to community outreach and education.

Community Care

About 70 percent of the cancer diagnoses in our area begin at local community clinics. When those patients are transferred to cancer care centers like ours, they often experience gaps in their care. To address these concerns and optimize cancer care, we work closely with the two largest networks of Federally-Qualified Health Centers in the area, the Access Community Health Network Clinics and the Alliance of Chicago.

Our primary care oncology team integrated approach and expanded coordination efforts with clinics in our partner networks means better outcomes for patients in our area.

Community Education

We also work closely with our partner networks to establish population health approaches to improve smoking cessation education and cancer screening and risk reduction, with a special focus on minority and low-income populations.

We sponsor a number of other minority-focused health screening events as well as survivorship events, including an annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk and 5K with approximately 4,000 participants.

Some examples of our work in community education include:

  • The Colorectal Cancer Care Consortium: In conjunction with the NCI National Outreach Network and many area medical centers, we work to increase colorectal cancer screenings across Chicago.
  • The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative:  We partner with Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago to advance cancer health equity through meaningful scientific discovery, education, training and community engagement.
  • The Chicago Cancer Initiative: This alliance of philanthropic foundations aims to decrease cancer-related mortality and suffering in Chicago by outreach efforts throughout our area.

Global Engagement

Global research activities to help reduce the burden and suffering of cancer around the world. Lurie Cancer Center members have extensive international collaborations with more than 80 countries. The large population of cancer patients and unique research resources in some our partner countries creates many opportunities to study diseases that would otherwise be impossible to study in the United States and other Western countries.

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