Community Health Education

We are focused on reducing disparities in health literacy by generating and distributing user-friendly learning resources and using leading-edge delivery methods. Health education materials are tailored to be culturally relevant and sensitive to the learning needs and communication patterns of the audience.

  • Tucson Cancer Action Network (TCAN)

TCAN is a community collaborative of health providers and cancer survivors focused on improving the health and wellbeing of those affected by cancer. A partner of the Arizona Cancer Coalition, a team led by the Arizona Department of Health Services focused on reducing cancer burden, this grass-roots effort emerged from an initial conversation in 2010 about the need for those working in cancer care to come together to identify service gaps and needs, share information about the state of cancer care in southern Arizona, and to act to improve the care being delivered. In 2014, we expanded the group to include survivors, their families and their friends, believing that together we can create a stronger, more vibrant and effective community. Learn more

  • Curating and Developing Integrative Oncology Resources

Community Cancer Connections, a team project directed by Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, is focused on improving the lives of persons affected by cancer. Offering a variety of informational learning resources, this community partnership project promotes mind-body-spirit health and wellbeing, and serves as an online, central resource center for the cancer survivor community throughout Arizona.

  • Dancing through Treatment/Helping Cancer Survivors Find Their Rhythm

    As a licensed Zumba! Instructor and Nurse Practitioner, Joy Kiviat, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC, provides a weekly exercise class for cancer survivors at the Cancer Support Community Arizona in Phoenix.  Participants enjoy cardio movement to lively Latin, Caribbean and Bollywood rhythms, engage in resistance exercise, and receive an educational “tip of the week” handout promoting healthy living after cancer. The class is free and open to all cancer survivors and their caregivers.

  • Connecting stroke survivors with support and resources

    Professor Leslie Ritter recently founded the Stroke Resource Center of Southern Arizona, a website that provides information for stroke survivors and caregivers, as part of her outreach related to stroke: She also leads the Green Valley Stroke Support Group every month for Sarver Heart Center: