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Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity

The Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE) within Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, builds on a longstanding commitment to high-quality, expert, and patient-centered cancer care, screening, and prevention across the state of Connecticut. The Center is dedicated to ensuring cancer health equity and improving outcomes, with an emphasis on traditionally underserved neighborhoods. By extending the vast expertise and resources of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center and partnering with community members and organizations on outreach, education, and research, CEHE is driven to ensure cancer health equity, improve outcomes in traditionally underserved neighborhoods, and redefine what quality cancer care looks like across the state.

Mission: To bridge partnerships between patients, communities, scientists, and providers and use data-driven approaches to achieve equitable care delivery and research across the cancer care continuum.

Vision: Driving catchment area research and elevating community voice in the service of improved cancer care outcomes.

Aims: The aims of the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity are to:

  1. To identify and disseminate data on catchment area, cancer burden including cancer disparities, and cancer research and control priorities for the catchment area.
  2. To facilitate researcher knowledge of, and bidirectional engagement with, catchment area communities and catalyze innovative and catchment area-responsive science and programs.
  3. To build institutional and community infrastructure and programs that support stakeholder engagement in the planning, prioritization, and conduct of Yale Cancer Center research, including diversification of the participants in clinical trials.
  4. To collaborate to disseminate science and evidence-based practices to promote cancer awareness and influence cancer-related health policies within & beyond the catchment area.

Strategic Functions

  • Leadership & Administration
  • Community Engagement
  • Participatory Informatics & Data Analytics
  • Education & Professional Development
  • Clinical Collaborations
  • Community Dissemination & Programming
  • Policy & Advocacy