Community Impact

Reducing the burden of cancer through community engagement

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

  • We serve the entire state of Minnesota
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in our state
  • We focus on reducing health disparities for unique populations

Minnesota is home to some unique populations with different cancer risks 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.