Devoted to Community—Near and Far

2020 Annual Report
to Our Community

Inspiring stories highlighting HCI’s commitment to community.

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The Huntsman Touch

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Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to addressing the cancer-related needs of all Mountain West residents. This area includes all of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and parts of Colorado.

The Community Outreach and Engagement team places health equity at the forefront of all we do. Our work is informed by ongoing, two-way communication between our team and community partners.

  • We monitor Utah’s cancer needs, conduct research relative to the catchment area, engage and inform our community, promote participation in clinical trials, and facilitate pathways to care.
  • We build mutually beneficial partnerships between HCI, community-based organizations, and the populations we serve, including those who have been disproportionately affected by cancer.
  • We work to improve knowledge and awareness of cancer risk factors, prevention and screening, treatment, and enrollment in clinical trials.
  • We create awareness campaigns and share accurate and tailored education through health events, presentations, social media, traditional news outlets, and other venues to reach our community members.
  • We enhance delivery and access to cancer screenings through mobile screening and partnerships with health systems.
  • We work to eliminate barriers to care and increase access to life-saving treatment through patient navigation.
  • We study population health and bring community organizations together to create long-term solutions to prevent cancer and improve health equity.

We are devoted to community–near and far–and are eager to work together.

Community Partners and Collaborations

We partner with local stakeholders on coalitions such as Utah Cancer Action Network, Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition, and Utah Tobacco Free Alliance to address barriers to health equity and improve health outcomes for people with cancer in Utah.

We foster partnerships with state and regional organizations such as American Cancer Society, Association for Utah Community Health, Comunidades Unidas, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Department of Health, and Utah Pride Center, among others, to engage the community in cancer education, research, services, and prevention efforts.

Collaboration with community partners enables our programs to reach racially and ethnically diverse groups, those who live in geographically rural areas, and those for whom socioeconomic circumstances, financial obstacles, and cultural barriers have stood in the way of seeking education, cancer screening services, treatment, and participation in research.

We are always looking to form and build new relationships with many types of organizations:

  • Businesses
  • Community-based organizations and coalitions
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Health advocates
  • Hospitals and health care systems
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

Programs, Services, and Community-Engaged Research

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board comprises 35 members from Utah and the Mountain West. The board works with HCI to engage the community in cancer research, clinical services, education, and prevention efforts and prioritizes opportunities to improve community health.

Community Health Events

Community Health Educators attend events to educate, provide materials, and connect participants to HCI and community resources. All services are free and are available in English and Spanish. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events will be reviewed individually. For more information and to make a request, please fill out the health event request form.

Community Presentations

 Community Health Educators present to groups (large and small) about cancer risk, prevention, screening, and care. All presentations are free, are available in English and Spanish, and can be modified to meet your needs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all presentations have moved to an online, virtual format. To make a request, please fill out the presentation request form.

Center for Hope

The Center for HOPE serves as a bridge to bring researchers and community organizations together to create long term solutions to prevent cancer and chronic disease, and improve health equity.

Clinical Trials and Research Studies

Clinical trials and research studies test research ideas to safely and effectively prevent, screen, diagnose, and treat cancer. These new and innovative approaches benefit our patients and community.

Educational Materials

Community health educators develop educational materials on the following topics: cancer prevention, cancer screening, clinical trials, diet and exercise, financial assistance, genetic counseling, HPV vaccination, radon, sun safety, and tobacco cessation. To request materials, email cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu.

Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition

The Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition brings together immunization program representatives with cancer control experts, pediatricians, primary care specialists, parents, and community members to improve HPV vaccination across the region.

Patient Navigation

Patient navigators work with patients and families to help them find their way through the complex health care system and access life-saving treatment.

Screening and Education Bus

This state-of-the-art clinic on wheels brings HCI’s expertise and the latest screening technology to all Utah residents—in distant and rural communities, as well as underserved urban areas. Employers, community organizations, and church groups can schedule visits.

Utah Cancer Registry

The registry is one of the original Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Reports (SEER) sites and promotes public and population health in Utah by collecting and managing cancer incidence and mortality data. These data are used to monitor cancer trends, support cancer prevention and control, and facilitate cancer research.