Community outreach and engagement (COE) has been a fundamental activity of National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers since the initiation of the Cancer Centers program in 1971. Historically, COE has been commonly considered an extension of Centers’ Population Science/Cancer Prevention and Control Research Programs. However, since the 2016 and 2019 reissuances of the P30 Cancer Centers Support Grant (CCSG) guidelines, COE is expected to now span all aspects of Centers’ programs, including basic, clinical, translational, and population research. Cancer Centers – working with community stakeholders – should identify community needs, communicate those needs across the Center’s leadership and research programs (i.e., “in-reach”), and catalyze activities of special relevance to the Cancer Center’s self-defined geographic catchment area population. Cancer Centers are encouraged to generate examples of research projects where outreach to and engagement of communities informed and resulted in high-impact science. In addition, Centers are expected to work with communities to disseminate and implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and guidelines, public education, and public health policy recommendations. This bidirectional relationship between communities and Cancer Centers promotes an understanding of cancer that is more holistic (bench-to-bedside-to-community), transdisciplinary, encompassing of different views and experiences, culturally sensitive, and reflective of mutual goals.
2022-2023 Community Outreach and Engagement Webinar Series
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences is hosting a new Community Outreach and Engagement Webinar Series for the broader cancer center community.
- Integrating Patient Navigation into Cancer Centers' Community Outreach and Engagement Programs
Fiscal Year 2021 Supplement
The FY21 COE supplement is designed to increase COE activities and partnerships among center staff and comprehensive cancer control coalitions. The long-term goal is to build greater connections between cancer centers and state, tribe, territory, and Pacific Island Jurisdiction-level coalitions that will lead to smoother translation of center research findings and products into use in clinical and community settings.
2022 Cancer Center Community Impact Forum (CCCIF)
Some COE supplement awardees presented posters at the 2022 Cancer Center Community Impact Forum (CCCIF). You can find the posters linked below.
As a final deliverable, each NCI cancer center completed a case study to describe its COE supplement project. Case studies describe the cancer center’s catchment area, the project focus and approach, implementation guidance, and contact information for the project leads. You can find the nine case studies linked below.
Fiscal Year 2020 Supplement
The FY20 supplements aimed to span COE activities across all cancer center programs, including basic, clinical, translational, and population research. Funded cancer centers worked on COE activities that focused on either basic science or the translation of evidence-based interventions into community practice. The long-term goal of the supplement initiative was to build capacity for cancer centers’ COE programs to adapt and implement evidence-based programs and successfully collaborate with cancer center investigators across research programs and in partnership with community members.
- Tips for Engaging Communities Virtually (PDF)
- COE Activities Across the Translational Research Continuum: References (PDF)
As a final deliverable, each NCI cancer center completed a case study to describe its COE supplement project. Case studies describe the cancer center’s catchment area, the project focus and approach, implementation guidance, and contact information for the project leads. You can find the 23 case studies linked below.
To explore funded sites, click on the icon in the top left corner of the map, click on any pin on the map, or scroll down to view a funded initiatives table.
|Cancer Center||Address||COE Activities|
|Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University||2103 Cornell Road Cleveland, OH 44106|
|Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center||7200 Cambridge St. Houston, TX 77030|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center||450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215|
|Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center||1 Medical Center Dr, Lebanon, NH 03766|
|Duke Cancer Institute||2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710|
|Fred Hutch/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium||1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109|
|Huntsman Cancer Institute||2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112|
|UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center||8-684 Factor Building, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095|
|Karmanos Cancer Center (Wayne State)||4100 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201|
|Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Health||550 First Ave., New York, NY 10016|
|Oregon Health and Science University, Knight Cancer Institute||3485 S Bond Ave Building 2, Portland, OR 97239|
|Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University||303 E. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611|
|Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson (SKCC) University||233 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107|
|Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University||4921 Parkview Pl, St. Louis, MO 63110|
|Stephenson Cancer Center at The University of Oklahoma||800 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104|
|The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center||1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 91, Houston, TX 77030|
|O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham||1824 Sixth Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294|
|University of California-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center||4501 X St., Sacramento, CA 95817|
|University of Arizona Cancer Center||1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724|
|University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center||5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637|
|University of Colorado Cancer Center||13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045|
|University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center||200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242|
|University of Kansas Cancer Center||3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160|
|UNC Lineberger Comp Cancer Center||101 Manning Drive Ground Floor, Chapel Hill, NC 27514|
|University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center||1111 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705|
|Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center||691 Preston Research Building, Nashville, TN 37232|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center||401 College St., Richmond, VA 23298|
|Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center||1 Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157|
|Yale Cancer Center||333 Cedar St. New Haven, CT 06520|