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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.

COVID-19 Community Grant


The historic spread of the coronavirus calls for wide adoption of public health practices, including handwashing (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020a), social distancing (Johns Hopkins University, 2020), shelter in place to “flatten the curve” (Johns Hopkins University, 2020), and recommendations for self- care. Unfortunately, many communities face significant barriers to implementation, due to factors such as immigration status, employment, income, and access to health care (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2020). Furthermore, people at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 include those with heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and those who are immunocompromised (CDC, 2020b).  Loss of income and social distancing due to sheltering in place may result in increased stress, social isolation, and depression, especially for elders or those living alone. The need for community engagement is critical to respond to both immediate needs for increased communication and support, as well as longer-term needs for network- and capacity-building. 


The long-term vision of UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) is to engage with communities to increase community-engaged translational research, develop evidence-based best practices, and ultimately advance individual and population health. To achieve this, the short-term goal of this grant is to provide one-time funds to community organizations in Orange County to strengthen communication relationships, channels, and messages in populations at highest risk for coronavirus infection and/or COVID-19 disease. It is expected that the funded organizations will form a network for emergency communication, as well as engage in planning for future community needs when shelter in place restrictions are lifted.

Funding Details

  1. Period:  1 year (earliest start date is August 1, 2020)
  2. Award Amount: Up to $5,000 for individual organization or $15,000 for a coalition of organizations
  3. Eligibility: Any community organization within Orange County. Non-profit status (501c3; 501c4 or other types of non-profit status) is required to apply. UCI/UC employees (staff, faculty, students) are not eligible to apply. 
  4. Requirements: attendance at a total of three (3) virtual meetings to share activities, outcomes, and future plans. Two reports (6-month, end-of-year) are also required.
  5. Restrictions: Funds may be used for personnel, supplies, materials, and/or equipment (e.g., laptop, phones, tablets, software licenses and upgrades). No indirect costs are allowed.

Submission Guidelines

Please apply by June 30, 2020 here. Application responses will be kept in a database with access limited to staff at CFCCC.

About us

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