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

AIM 1: Monitor and share cancer burden, risk and disparities with internal and external partners

  • Monitor incidence, mortality, cancer risk factors and social determinants of health for the catchment area
  • Identify and report cancer related disparities across the catchment area
  • Conduct catchment wide and community level needs assessment and listening sessions to identify gaps and set priorities
  • Create and disseminate clear communication of cancer priorities and research outcomes

AIM 2: Foster collaborative, bi-directional research to address catchment priorities and enhance health equity

  • Increase research on catchment related priorities across research programs
  • Increase capacity to engage and conduct research with the community
  • Increase engagement of catchment residents, including vulnerable and underrepresented populations, in cancer research, including clinical trials

AIM 3: Implement and disseminate evidence-based interventions and policies to reduce cancer burden and increase health equity

  • Cultivate, expand and engage partnerships which are representative of the communities we serve and that guide COE priorities
  • Prioritize cancer screening to address gaps in targeted geographic areas within the catchment area and with vulnerable populations
  • Implement priority aligned, community engaged evidence-based educational activities and programs
  • Inform, guide and disseminate local, state and national cancer control guidelines and policies
  • Address identified cancer related disparities through targeted screening, education activities, and policy efforts


2022 Community Impact Highlights

In 2022, the Community Outreach and Engagement team worked to reach the individuals through outreach events, community screenings, and community events to educate, promote, and bring awareness to early detection and prevention priorities within their regions through these activities. View the 2022 COE Annual Report


Unique Partnerships across Virginia



People Reached through Outreach Events



People Reached through Community Screenings



Community Activities & Events


To request a speaker or to inquire about a program

We work with community members and organizations to provide information about cancer screenings, host events or programs, and arrange for speakers. We also offer consultations for researchers. To request Community Outreach and Engagement services from UVA Cancer Center, complete the form below.