Expanding Access to Science and Treatment

At City of Hope, we believe advanced care should also be accessible care.

City of Hope serves our ethnically, linguistically and socioeconomically diverse communities. We reside in a setting spanning urban, suburban and rural communities that is home to over 17.1 million people. This population represents almost 40% of all Californians; and when compared to the nation, represents a population that is larger than 46 of our states and greater than the combined populations of 14 states.

City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center uses its research and resources to improve the lives of the men, women and children in our communities. We are especially engaged in our most vulnerable communities representing cancer care deserts; these regions include the Antelope Valley and the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside counties). Therefore, the people, families and communities we serve face challenges that increase cancer risk and survival — including poverty, obesity and lack of access to care.

To achieve this goal, our comprehensive cancer center focuses on three priorities:

  • Identifying and addressing cancer risk and barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment to reduce health disparities
  • Developing and implementing research targeting cancer and other chronic illnesses that are most problematic in our communities
  • Building multisectoral partnerships with community hospitals and providers, payors and policy makers, community health and faith-based organizations, and advocates and health leaders to  better reach and serve our increasingly diverse communities

Our community responsive research is targeting:

  • Aggressive cancers that are more common in ethnic minorities and young adults
  • Cancers caused by viruses, including hepatocellular carcinoma, HPV- and HIV-related cancers
  • Cancers that may be impacted by environment that results in genetic mutations
  • The relationship between diabetes and cancer
  • Patient centered outcomes including quality of life and survivorship

Through Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, we established the Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education (CCARE) in 2006 to improve health care access, disease diagnosis and treatment outcomes for ethnic minorities and others living in lower socioeconomic communities.

Our Spanish, Chinese and Korean-language websites also expand vital awareness and access to City of Hope services for members of those communities.

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