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Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (COE)

Our Mission

The mission of the UCI CFCCC’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is the elimination of cancer health disparities and promotion health equity by partnering with individuals, communities, and institutions to advance cancer prevention and control and decrease the burden of cancer in Orange County and beyond.

To accomplish this, we aim to:

    1. Cancer Health Equity: Assess the cancer burden and disparities in communities, with an emphasis on reducing cancer incidence and mortality among diverse populations in Orange County and beyond;
    2. Partnerships that Respect Community Autonomy: Partner with communities to advance evidence-based cancer prevention and control practices that reduce these disparities in diverse populations;
    3. Policy and Systems Change: Promote policy development, implementation and evaluation to decrease cancer incidence and mortality, and that leverage and extend the impact of the UCI CFCCC to wider populations across the state and country.

Goals and Objectives

Over the next two years (2019-2021), our strategic priorities include:

1. Discover

1.1 Identify, measure, and monitor population cancer control needs.
1.2 Partner with the UCI CFCCC Community Equity Board to identify cancer disparities and emerging opportunities

2. Teach

2.1 Conduct outreach education to communities to increase cancer prevention and early detection and respond to community needs
2.2 Train volunteers to serve as community lay health educators (e.g., promotoras) in communities
2.3 Partner with community health centers and the Orange County Cancer Coalition (OC3) to increase cancer early detection and treatment*

3. Train

3.1 Promote increased communication and coordination of cancer-related services across the cancer care continuum throughout Orange County
3.2 Increase training and professionalization of cancer patient navigators

4. Advocate

4.1 Participate on the California Dialogue on Cancer’s Advisory Committee to plan and implement the state’s cancer plan
4.2 Promote Outreach and Engagement and improve the system of cancer care across the continuum to address cost, accessibility, quality of care, and pathways between primary/secondary/tertiary providers*

*See UCI Health CHNA 2019 – Increase access to healthcare for the medically underserved through provision of financial assistance through free and discounted healthcare services; and operate/expand UCI Health Family Health Center; and provide primary care  services, health screenings; and vaccines/immunizations for the uninsured and underinsured.

About us

Director for Office of Community Engagement and Outreach
Cevadne Lee, MPH
Internal contact: cevadnel@hs.uci.edu

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