What is the Center for HOPE?

The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) brings communities and researchers together to create long-term solutions to prevent cancer and improve health among underserved populations. We partner with the following:

  • Academic institutions and research centers from across the United States
  • Local and regional health care systems, community clinics, and primary care organizations
  • State and local health departments
  • Nonprofit and faith-based community organizations from Utah and the Mountain West
  • The University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Our vision is to eliminate health inequities in cancer and chronic disease incidence, morbidity, and mortality in the Mountain West.

Programs and Research

The Center for HOPE focuses on three main research areas:

  • Cancer health inequities among underserved populations, particularly those related to socioeconomic status, rural/frontier status, and race/ethnicity
  • Implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for cancer and chronic disease prevention and control
  • Behavioral interventions to reduce cancer and chronic disease risk

Learn about additional Center for HOPE studies.

Project On-Track

The Project On-Track Smoking Study is a program designed to examine the effects on stress, smoking lapse, and abstinence among smokers attempting to quit. The study provides free nicotine patches and quitting advice, as well as monetary compensation.

Tobacco Cessation Program

The Center for HOPE Tobacco Cessation Program is free to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients who want to quit or cut back their tobacco use in any form. Your HCI doctor must refer you to the service. This service is provided free of charge to HCI patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I partner with the Center for HOPE?

If you or your organization is interested in a research or program partnership, please contact Melissa Hall at melissa.hall@hci.utah.edu or 801-213-6199

Does the Center for HOPE have clinical space?

The Center for HOPE and Populations Sciences Research Clinic covers an area of nearly 4,000 square feet at HCI. Within this space are three examination rooms, eight consultation rooms, one large staging office, one preparation room with clean and dirty work areas, two large conference rooms, and a waiting area.

Does the Center for HOPE focus only on tobacco research?

No, the Center for HOPE works with researchers and community members and organizations to determine priorities.