What We Do

We support community-academic partnerships, facilitate community input for investigators, and increase the capacity of research in our communities that are responsive to the pressing health concerns of community members in our catchment area. Guided by the principles of community engagement and supported by leading faculty experts in community based participatory research and implementation science, we assist with project facilitation, recruitment, data collection, and connecting researchers and community partners.

COE Aims

Identify and Address the Cancer Burden

  • Cultivate and expand partnerships through advisory groups and collaborations
  • Access, collect and analyze local, state, and national data
  • Disseminate catchment area data and findings both internally and externally

 Foster Collaborative Bi-directional Research

  • Increase capacity on cancer priorities across research programs
  • Strategize to increase community engagement
  • Increase the participation of diverse communities in cancer research and clinical trials
  • Catalyze the dissemination and implementation of science partnerships for research and program delivery

 Implement Evidence-Based Interventions

  • Coordinate and implement comprehensive screening and navigation services
  • Implement priority aligned community driven evidence-based risk reduction, and educational activities and programs
  • Inform and disseminate cancer control guidelines and practices
  • Enhance cancer survivorship

2021 Community Impact Highlights

In 2021, the Outreach and Engagement team reached over 36,000 people across Virginia and beyond through all activities. The community was educated, screened, informed, and navigated to cancer early detection and prevention priorities within their regions through these activities. View the 2021 COE Impact Report


Unique Partnerships across Virginia



Community Members Screened for Cancer



Community Members Educated on Cancer



Community Activities & Events


Community Highlights Gallery

Health Fair

Claudette and Gabby

UVa CC Cville Walks

C'vill walks w heart


Understanding Cancer Small Group

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