A new publication in the journal Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP): Research, Education, and Action features University of Illinois Cancer Center authors and other partners in the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (CHEC).

ChicagoCHEC is a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer partnership led by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University.

The article, “Community-Driven Conversations: Partnership Building through CHEC-Ins,” describes what proved to be a valuable strategy to social networking about cancer health issues known as CHEC-Ins. In two pilot CHEC-Ins, community members decided what was relevant and important and that information was shared with ChicagoCHEC academic and administrative members who incorporated it into outreach and research activities.

Cancer Center authors on the article are: Associate Director for Population Sciences Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD; Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Joanne Glenn, RN, MBA; Leilah D. Siegal, PhD, former visiting research specialist; Melissa Martinez, research specialist; Ifeanyi Beverly Chukwudozie, MBA, MPH, Assistant Director for Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination; Karriem S. Watson, DHS, MPH, former Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement; and the late Richard B. Warnecke, PhD, longtime member, leader and mentor.

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, the journal PCHP is dedicated to community-based participatory research and it publicizes model programs.

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