Community Sciences and Health Outcomes Core


The mission of the Community Sciences and Health Outcomes (CSHO) Core is to provide key services, education, and training to facilitate community- and practice-based research.  Investigations within the 27-county catchment area of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute are of particular interest.  Established in 2010, the CSHO Core has assisted investigators through external and internal awards, which have resulted in manuscripts and national presentations.

Key services include:
     • Linkage with established community networks
          – Northern Appalachia Cancer Network (NACN)
          – Harrisburg Community Health Worker (CHW) Program
     • Access to health care providers and affiliate hospitals
          – Participant recruitment and retention
          – Protocol development and approval
     • Comprehensive information on the 27-county catchment area
          – Mapping and spatial analysis
     • Analysis of secondary data sets
          – PA data sets
          – Unique national data sets
          – Other national data sets
     • Consultation on:
          – Community-based research
          – Recruitment and retention of diverse participants to cancer control studies
          – Cultural sensitivity
          – Qualitative study design and data analysis
          – Strategies for dissemination and implementation

In addition to key services, the CSHO Core provides training and education.
     • For PSHCI investigators:
          – Strategies for recruitment and retention
               • Institution-level strategies
               • Protocol-level strategies
               • Investigator-level strategies
          – Measurement of health disparities
               • Spatial
               • Rural (contextual)
     • For the PSHCI catchment area population:
          – Community (lay) health worker training and education
          – Evidence-based interventions
          – Cancer summits and symposium
     • For undergraduate and graduate students:
          – Research opportunities
          – Internships and practicums

The CSHO Core is directed by Eugene J. Lengerich, VMD, MS, Professor of Public Health Sciences, with expertise in cancer epidemiology and community-based research.  The primary physical office for the CSHO Core is on third floor of the Cancer Institute Building on the campus of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  A secondary physical office is located at 503-B Ford Building on the University Park campus.  In addition, the CSHO core is engaged with the health care providers, community-based and statewide organizations, and governmental agencies to enhance engagement with diverse populations in various settings.

Investigators can request the assistance of the CSHO Core by completing a Service Request Form.  If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Dr. Lengerich at 717-531-7178 or

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