Supporting Community Outreach and Engagement

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.


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.

Funded Research

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.

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.


Funded Research

Case Studies

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.

Funded Sites

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.


Pin Color Year
Cancer Center Address COE Activities
FY20 FY21
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University 2103 Cornell Road Cleveland, OH 44106 Check Mark  
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center 7200 Cambridge St. Houston, TX 77030 Check Mark  
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 Check Mark  
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center 1 Medical Center Dr, Lebanon, NH 03766   Check Mark
Duke Cancer Institute 2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710 Check Mark  
Fred Hutch/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium  1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 Check Mark Check Mark
Huntsman Cancer Institute 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 Check Mark Check Mark
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center 8-684 Factor Building, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095 Check Mark  
Karmanos Cancer Center (Wayne State) 4100 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201   Check Mark
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Health 550 First Ave., New York, NY 10016 Check Mark  
Oregon Health and Science University, Knight Cancer Institute 3485 S Bond Ave Building 2, Portland, OR 97239   Check Mark
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University 303 E. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611 Check Mark  
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson (SKCC) University 233 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 Check Mark  
Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University  4921 Parkview Pl, St. Louis, MO 63110   Check Mark
Stephenson Cancer Center at The University of Oklahoma 800 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Check Mark  
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 91, Houston, TX 77030 Check Mark  
O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham 1824 Sixth Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294 Check Mark  
University of California-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center 4501 X St., Sacramento, CA 95817 Check Mark  
University of Arizona Cancer Center 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 Check Mark  
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center 5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 Check Mark  
University of Colorado Cancer Center 13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045 Check Mark Check Mark
University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242   Check Mark
University of Kansas Cancer Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160 Check Mark  
UNC Lineberger Comp Cancer Center 101 Manning Drive Ground Floor, Chapel Hill, NC 27514   Check Mark
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center 1111 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705 Check Mark  
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 691 Preston Research Building, Nashville, TN 37232 Check Mark  
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center 401 College St., Richmond, VA 23298 Check Mark  
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center 1 Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157 Check Mark  
Yale Cancer Center 333 Cedar St. New Haven, CT 06520 Check Mark  
Last Updated
December 08, 2022