Research & Translation

The SCI Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement supports a range of community engaged research and other projects designed to improve the health of local communities.  Our goal is to integrate community engagement across the cancer control continuum and advance the science of community engaged research.

Examples of current SCI Community Outreach and Engagement projects include:

Community Partnership Seed Grant Program

In 2020, the SCI launched a new Community Partnership Seed Grant Program.  The goal of this program is to foster cancer prevention and control efforts that are community driven by partnering Stanford researchers, physicians, trainees and/or staff with community partners to jointly develop projects focused on addressing the cancer burden of medically underserved populations, including those in rural areas or racial/ethnic minorities in the SCI catchment area.  Projects form new or strengthen existing partnerships and implement and evaluate new ideas or interventions.  Developed in partnership with the SCI Community Advisory Board (CAB), the new program included a competitive application process and review by a committee of Stanford faculty and SCI CAB members.  We are very grateful to Visa, Inc. for the generous philanthropic gift that made this new program possible.  View our funded projects.

Primary Prevention, Early Detection & Screening

The Wipe Out Melanoma- California is a project focused on primary and secondary prevention research with a particular emphasis on Latinx and low socioeconomic status Caucasian groups who are at the highest risk for advanced disease. It is a joint partnership with Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, and part of a larger nationwide War on Melanoma- Federation of States.

Public Health Needs of Cancer Survivors

A smartphone app is being tested and developed with the aim to help informal caregivers create and implement home-based care for cancer survivors. This is in partnership with Public Health Institute, Medable, and Duke Health and is funded through a NIH SBIR grant.

Policy, Systems & Environmental Changes

In partnership with San Mateo County Health Systems and local organizations, a coalition is fostering community organizing and driving local policies across the county to control tobacco retail and environmental exposure.
Cancer Control  

Stanford is working with partners, including BACHAC, on upcoming projects to promote and facilitate diverse participation in clinical research. 

Community Education

The SCI Community SEED is an initiative to deliver cancer-related science learning and dialogue that is socially and culturally relevant for the community.

The SCI hosts the annual Breast Cancer & African Americans (BCAA) Conference, which focuses on breast cancer disparities in African American populations in the Greater SF Bay Area and surrounding counties. Event includes informative dialogue with clinicians, researchers, health professionals, cancer survivors, caregivers, advocates, and other key stakeholders in the African American community.