The Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) team’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in Minnesota by engaging communities and providing them access to knowledge and information about cancer prevention, treatment, survivorship, and clinical research opportunities.
Our Catchment Area
Minnesota is home to some unique populations with different cancer risk and needs. Specifically, Minnesota has the largest Somali American population in the country, the largest urban population of Hmong in the world, and 11 federally recognized American Indian tribes to name a few.
The most prevalent cancers in Minnesota include lung and bronchus, colorectal, breast, and prostate.
Learn more about Minnesota cancer statistics and research from the Minnesota Department of Health (Link to https://data.web.health.state.mn.us/web/mndata/cancer)
Reducing The Burden of Cancer
The COE team is focusing on tackling some of the biggest cancer issues affecting our catchment area by:
Meeting diverse communities where they are at and in terms that make sense
Creating information and resources with our cancer researchers to share the latest information
Building and maintaining robust relationships with community partners to host programs to educate Minnesotans
Supporting patients through our Oncology Access Nurseline and provide information on clinical trials
Impacting policy and legislation with science
Engaging the community through conferences and events such as the Cancer Survivorship Conference, exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Fair