In the Catchment Area Profile Report, the UFHCC COE team summarized our catchment area characteristics and priorities, cancer incidence, mortality and advanced stage diagnoses with an aim to build capacity for research that is relevant to our catchment area. This work also included the creation of an online, searchable data dashboard known as PORTRAIT: Partnerships to Optimize and Transform Research through Action and Impact Together, a tool for health system leaders and researchers to design research that meets the needs of our communities and thereby support the UFHCC in reducing the cancer burden across the cancer care continuum.
Prior to and during the pandemic the COE team continued working to provide cancer related education important to our catchment area residents, providers and researchers. At the start of the year, Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Director of Health Services Research at the American Cancer Society, presented “Medical Financial Hardship Among Cancer Survivors in the United States” for a COE seminar to over 50 live and virtual attendees.
In mid-2019 the UFHCC COE office began managing the Cancer Connections monthly meetings originally founded 10 years ago by cancer survivor Barb Thomas. The presentations disseminate leading-edge cancer research, with a goal of having the community to gain a deeper awareness of current research, treatments options and health care services that are available to them. While Cancer Connections moved online only by March due to the pandemic, the monthly meetings continued with presentations from several UF/UF Health faculty and staff and almost 400 attendees for 2020.