Our Mission

To advance community engagement, clinical care and research focused on improving outcomes for everyone in our community. The Office of Cancer Health Equity (OCHE) is passionate about:

  • Community outreach engagement and education
  • Removing barriers to care across the cancer continuum
  • Providing cancer navigation that is appropriate to both language and culture
  • Helping patients enroll in clinical trials
  • Supporting research focused on eliminating disparities
  • Training staff and faculty about unconscious bias and cultural humility
  • Building community capacity to improve health and well-being

We Are Committed to Conquering Cancer

Let us know how we can partner. We offer:

  • Health fairs
  • Cancer education sessions
  • Staff/faculty training
  • Research support
  • Cancer clinical trials

To learn more about the Office of Cancer Health Equity or to schedule an education/training session, call 336-713-3665 or email CancerEquity@wakehealth.edu.


Hispanic Patient Navigation

The Hispanic Patient Navigator of the Comprehensive Cancer Center serves Hispanic/Latino patients and families in their cancer journey, by integrating culturally and linguistically competent navigation services including support and education around clinical trial decision making. Following the principles of the navigation program created by Dr. Harold Freeman in 1990, the Hispanic Patient Navigator assists our patients in removing significant barriers to timely care such as financial, insurance, transportation, communication with providers, and various other challenges. The role also includes community engagement and building relationships with community partners to create awareness towards cancer prevention, highlight the importance of early detection, and offering resources specifically for Hispanics to facilitate access to healthcare. The Hispanic Patient Navigator efforts demonstrate our commitment to offer equitable care to all in a compassionate manner.

Healing Walk: Reducing Cancer Disparities among American Indians by Creating an Inclusive Cancer Research Training Program

The purpose of Healing Walk is to plan and develop an education and training program in cancer research for undergraduate students with a dedicated pipeline for students from the eight American Indian (AI) tribes of North Carolina. We will utilize existing Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC) pipeline education programs, partner with the AI community, and leverage academic resources to strengthen and expand WFBCCC’s work in cancer disparities to the AI communities of NC. The development of Healing Walk supports the priorities of the WFBCCC and will ultimately help to identify and address cultural and demographic issues that contribute to cancer disparities in our AI communities.

Rural Tobacco Outreach Program

The Rural Tobacco Outreach Program (RTOP) was developed to identify and address the cultural and demographic issues that contribute to cancer disparities in our catchment area.  Rural areas, often, have higher rates of tobacco use, poverty, and poor health literacy. Additionally, individuals that live in rural areas are often faced with challenges such as access to care due to limited physician availability, distances to facilities, and transportation options. The RTOP program focuses on expanding outreach efforts to an underserved area in northwest North Carolina by addressing regional smoking cessation capacity and increasing awareness/access to care for tobacco-induced cancers.

Lunch and Learn Educational Series

The Lunch and Learn series is about reaching people where they are at. We bring in one speaker plus lunch to teach people in the community about specific cancer related topics. Usually these Lunch and Learns are held at churches. Past topics for the Lunch and Learns have been Cancer Awareness for both Men and Women, Reducing your Risk for Diseases, and HPV Awareness. This series is supported by the Jane Walker Perkinson Memorial Fund, an endowed fund dedicated to the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.


The Office of Cancer Health Equity has developed a series of educational brochures about cancer - Know Your Body.

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer- Coming soon
  • Lung cancer- Coming soon
  • Breast cancer- Coming soon
  • LGBTQ* community- Coming soon

To help communities address rural disparities, the publication Call to Action: Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities, was produced by members of the Office of Cancer Health Equity in collaboration with the Geographic Health Equity Alliance.

About Us

Karen Winkfield

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD

Kathryn Weaver

Kate Weaver, PhD
Assistant Director, Research


Carla Strom

Carla Strom, MLA
Program Manager

Maria Combs

Maria Combs
Hispanic Patient Navigator

Kelsey Shore

Kelsey Shore, CCRC
Community Research Coordinator