Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement

Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement (COE)

Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) is housed within the Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, which was created in 2006 to facilitate COHCCC’s response to reduce Catchment Area cancer burden and to fully integrate and amplify community outreach and engagement throughout the COHCCC.

Engaging our community partners is a top priority for our COHCCC Director and leaders towards addressing the Catchment Area burden and disparities relevance of our research. Our Cancer Center Director, leaders, and faculty participate in our quarterly COE-CAB meetings to foster partnership with bi-directional communication with the COHCCC leaders directly listening and responding to the community needs and voices.

Multiethnic Community Advisory Board (CAB).

Our 20 CAB members are selected from community health leaders who represent key health sectors (community hospitals and clinics, ethnic focused health advocacy groups, cancer focused advocacy groups, health professional organizations, and faith-based organizations) that span the Catchment Area. Our CAB is co-chaired by S. Rarang (Filipino American Nurses Association) and Pastor J. Mc Call (Bethel Missionary Baptist Church).

The COE team facilitates community-scientist-clinician collaborations for community engagement in cancer prevention and COHCCC research. COE’s work is informed by population-level data and our community health needs assessments; and guidance from our Community Advisory Board representing the four counties of our Catchment Area, and COHCCC Director and Leaders.

Los Angeles County   Orange County San Bernardino Riverside County
Cherry Lee Kathye Jenkins, MPH Angela Jun DNP, FNP-BC Alyssa Colunga, DrPH, CHES Phyllis Clark, MA
Pastor Chris Bourne Margaret Martinez, MPH Jorge Rubal, M.D. Jodie Wingo, MA  
Eve Meyers, Ph.D., FNP Matt Moyer, MPH Dr. Sasha Rarang, Ph.D.    
Pastor John McCall Peter Chen, M.D.      
Karen Tinsley, LCSW Rhonda Smith, MBA      
Veronica Flores, MA Sharon Cobb, Ph.D., R.N.      
Sonia Pinal, MPH, CHES Shannon La Cava, PsyD.      


Measuring the Burden of Cancer In Our Community

Organizations that provide reports and statistics on the health of our communities

Addressing the Burden of Cancer In Our Community

Build capacity for community driven cancer prevention and control  
An important priority for our cancer center and COE is to address Catchment Area cancer burden by preparing and activating community advocates to participate in research as community-based/citizen scientists. Therefore, COE team trains community partners in research, mining data, conducting literature reviews, conducting needs assessments, developing research abstracts and posters, and implementing evidence-based programs.  
Efforts to reduce cancer in the community  
The COE team implements free community cancer screenings to reduce the burden of cancer including NCI’s Screen to Save for colorectal cancer. The Community-based Prostate Cancer Screening Program works with COE to leverage community partnerships to provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. Since 2017, the program has provided PSA blood tests to over 1,000 men to detect disease at an early and curable stage. Between 2017 and 2019, the COE team provided 1218 mammograms focused primarily on LA County, many completed through mobile mammogram units in partnership with health and faith-based organizations and community centers. We are improving clinical care system level strategies supporting cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination.  
Activities to address cancer health disparities  
COE addresses cancer health disparities by targeting hard-to reach populations, traditionally excluded racial/ethnic groups, and medically underserved communities. Shades of Cancer Survivorship is a community partnership with Charles Drew University, Witness to Fitness, and COH-COE. We trained 48 navigators to serve Black and Latino communities to address cancer disparities by increasing access to care and survivorship resources targeting survivors and caregivers. COE team is also working to increase the HPV vaccination rate in Latino and Sexual and Gender minorities. The “Protegete y Vacunate!” program implements the Promotora Model.

Research In Action

Enhancing City of Hope’s capacity to address the needs of our community

COE emphasizes that COH research aligns with catchment area cancer burden and disparities. 

Educational Materials

Breast Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Prostate Cancer


Blood Cancer

Tobacco Control

 Influencing Health Policy   

Contact us

Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D.
Associate Cancer Center Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Founding Director, Center of Community Engagement for Research and Education
Deputy Director, Division of Health Equities

Sophia Yeung, M.H.A., C.T.T.S.
Administrative Coordinator
Smoking Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Programs