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What We Do

We’re on a mission to promote cancer health equity. To do that, we bring together resources, infrastructure, and opportunities from within Wilmot and across the communities we serve. Our activities include developing community-driven research on cancer disparities, bringing diverse communities closer to Wilmot, and improving recruitment into clinical trials from across the region, especially from minority and underserved communities.

Our initiative has three goals:

Monitor the cancer burden in the catchment area over time, focusing on identified disparities

Through a robust, community-friendly, web-based tool—the Cancer Visual Analytic System (CANVAS)—we generate real-time maps of cancer incidence and mortality to guide the work done by our office and in our communities. Qualitative methods assure that community voices are in synergy with Wilmot outreach and cancer prevention interventions.

Integrate communities into Wilmot’s leadership, research, and outreach efforts to facilitate community-driven inter-programmatic research 

Our team, alongside our Cancer Community Advisory Council, works with Wilmot scientists and leaders to ensure that community voices and identified disparities guide Wilmot’s cutting-edge research. We offer pilot funds for project development and connect health disparities researchers across programs.

Disseminate and implement evidence-based programs, clinical guidelines, and clinical trial availability via a network of community organizations and cancer care locations

We disseminate scientific findings and community programs through a network of 13 cancer care locations, 5 affiliated rural cancer care locations, 11 academic partners, and 146 primary care practices.