Yale Cancer Center has announced the launch of the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE). Building on the commitment of the Yale Cancer Center to patient-centered cancer care, screening, and prevention across the state of Connecticut, the new center is dedicated to ensuring cancer health equity and improving outcomes, with an emphasis on traditionally underserved neighborhoods. The Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity will be grounded by five foundational pillars: analytics, community engagement, screening and prevention, clinical trial participation, and expansion of catchment-focused research.
Beth Jones, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist and Lecturer in Epidemiology, will serve as Associate Director for Community Engagement at the new center, overseeing engagement and outreach across Connecticut to partner with local communities on community-focused interventions and solutions.
Xavier Llor, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, and Medical Director of the Smilow Screening and Prevention Program, has been appointed as Associate Director for Cancer Screening at CEHE. In this new position, Dr. Llor will systemize risk-stratification processes to ensure consistency throughout Smilow Cancer Hospital and the Care Center delivery network.
Andrea Silber, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Medical Oncology) has been named Associate Director for Clinical Research at CEHE. Dr. Silber is a leader in clinical trial engagement among underserved and underrepresented minorities, personal relationship building, and designing patient navigator programs.