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Patient Education, Community Engagement and Advocacy

The Office of Patient and Community Education (OPACE) at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center helps cancer patients and caregivers make informed decisions about their cancer care. We also plan and implement community engagement initiatives through programs including cancer education, free cancer screenings and event sponsorships.  

Our current programs include the Patient and Family Resource Center, Patient Advocacy Program, Community Champion Program, Healthy Communities Program and the National Cancer Institute Cancer Moonshot Community Engagement Initiative. 

Cancer Education, Community Engagement and Advocacy at Vanderbilt-Ingram

  • For patients and caregivers: We can help you make informed decisions about cancer care through our Patient and Family Resource Center, educational and support programs, and patient advocate program.
  • For those interested in cancer research: Our Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Research Advocacy Program gives cancer survivors and caregivers a voice in cancer research.
  • For community advocates and educators: We implement many community events throughout the year: cancer screenings, health fairs, cancer education and awareness programs, and more.

Our Services

  • Cancer education programs
  • Patient and Family Resource Center
  • Patient advocacy
  • Research advocacy
  • Community events
  • Volunteering

Patient and Family Resource Center

The Patient and Family Resource Center is a one-stop resource for anyone who has been touched by cancer. Located within The Vanderbilt Clinic (1st Floor, Henry-Joyce Clinic), our trained staff offers one-on-one help, free brochures, pamphlets and access to online information.

We also help patients and families access resources including financial or legal help, home health aides, hospice care and social workers. 

For more information, call (615) 322-9799.

Community Champion Program

The Community Champion program matches experts from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center with organizations including churches, schools and businesses. Events appropriate for a Community Champion educator may include health fairs, school programs, cancer screenings and run/walk activities. To request a Community Champion, call (615) 936-1793.

Healthy Communities Program

Healthy Communities offers education about cancer prevention, screening, cancer clinical trials and tobacco cessation for the Latino and African-American communities. Healthy Communities programs can be presented to individuals or groups at locations including community centers, corporations, churches, libraries and health centers. We also assist with social media campaigns.

Location

Nashville
The Vanderbilt Clinic
Patient and Family Resource Center (1st Floor, Henry-Joyce Clinic)
1301 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232
Map and Directions
(615) 322-9799

OPACE Team

Anne Washburn, MPH
Associate Director for Community Engagement, Education and Affiliations
(615) 936-1793

Allison Schaffer
LCSW Program Coordinator, OPACE
(615) 322-9799

Claudia Barajas
Community Health Educator
(615) 875-7560

Stephanie Elliott, MPH
Manager, Patient Advocacy and Affiliations
(615) 875-8787

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