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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.

Aims: The aims of the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity are to: 1) define our catchment area, identify disparities in cancer burden, and help YCC prioritize the cancer research and control needs of catchment communities; 2) collaborate with YCC scientists and clinicians to communicate community needs, catalyze high impact science, and drive community-responsive clinical care; 3) involve community stakeholders in planning, participating in, and conducting cancer research; 4) disseminate innovation to reduce cancer burden and disparities, including dissemination to catchment communities (e.g., novel therapeutics, study findings), and influence policy at the local, national, and global levels.

Strategic Functions

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