Project Summary

Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the health and wellness of the Navajo community by building meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders to lead the organization’s initiatives. Historically, research within the Navajo community has sometimes been carried out in a manner that has neglected the valuable input and feedback of the community, and consequently, led to distrust toward research-oriented activities.

The COPE program will collaborate with Partners In Health (PIH) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to incorporate patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR)/clinical effectiveness research (CER) into the community-led annual COPE-Navajo Nation Cancer Survivorship Conference. Community leadership ensures that the agenda and activities will truly address the needs of the Navajo people through collaboration with the COPE Cancer Coalition (CCC), a coalition that is comprised of local stakeholders including providers and Navajo Nation programs, and the Patient & Family Advisory Committee (PFAC), a committee led by cancer survivors. COPE seeks to strengthen knowledge of PCOR/CER to ultimately engage local stakeholders in the development of future community-based initiatives that improve cancer outcomes in the Navajo Nation.

The project will be managed by PIH and implemented by its sister organization, the COPE program, which is based in Gallup, New Mexico.

Project Information

Hannah Sehn, BA
Partners in Health

Key Dates

24 months


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Last updated: March 4, 2022