Aims of the Community Outreach & Engagement Office
Assess and monitor the cancer-relevant burden in the UFHCC catchment area in collaboration with stakeholders (i.e., individuals, families, clinicians, communities, policy makers) using linked clinical, social determinants of health (SDoH), health care delivery, and community member reported-data. This includes a focus on individuals who have multiple, intersecting identities that compound health disparities and cancer burden. For example, Black women residing in the catchment’s rural areas have the highest incidence of breast cancer. White men, particularly in rural areas, face the greatest burden for lung cancer incidence and mortality.
Enhance the impact of UFHCC research by involving the community in setting a research agenda for the cancer center, increasing alignment of cancer research with catchment area cancer burden, and facilitating access to interventional trials, particularly for the traditionally underrepresented.
Engage the community as partners in adopting evidence-based strategies related to cancer prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship by identifying and addressing gaps in care across the cancer continuum, particularly for those with multiple, intersecting vulnerabilities; addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) that contribute to gaps in care, and providing educational forums and programs.
Engage the community in advocacy and policy development, particularly as it relates to tobacco prevention and improved access to care.