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Who We Are

A group of staff and community partners stand and smile for a photo in front of blue, gold and white balloons and a Wilmot Cancer Institute backdrop.

Our team of scientists, healthcare providers, and community health educators are dedicated to reducing cancer disparities. Our work is guided by a Cancer Community Advisory Council (CCAC), comprised of community stakeholders. Together, we work to develop and implement community-engaged research and outreach.

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Our Team

COE Leadership

PaulaPaula Cupertino, PhD
Associate Director, Community Outreach & Engagement

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and Wilmot Cancer Center


FranciscoFrancisco Cartujano, MD
Assistant Director, Community Outreach & Engagement

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Tobacco control, minority health disparities

CharlesCharles S. Kamen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Director, Community Outreach & Engagement

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Cancer Control

Cancer disparities, LGBTQ+ communities health disparities


COE Team

HawesKristina Hawes
Community Recruitment Coordinator
Community outreach


HawesMindy Robinson
Community Outreach Worker
Bassett Healthcare




HawesJoyce Lucas
Community Outreach Worker
Action for a Better Community


Emily Hayes headshotEmily Hayes, M.P.A.
Program Manager, Community Outreach & Engagement

Internal project management

















Zhanna Kulshanova headshotZhanna Kulshanova
Outreach Coordinator, Community Outreach & Engagement
Community outreach and engagement


SarahSarah Merritt
Senior Regional Outreach Manager




MicheleMichele Tufano
Cancer Services Program Director, Community Health Educator, Center for Community Health and Prevention
Cancer screenings, uninsured and underinsured community‚Äč