Huntsman Cancer Institute’s vision is to deliver a cancer-free frontier. To realize this, we prioritize and assess health equity, patient access, and improved outcomes, reducing barriers to care for all.
We are committed to advancing the standard of cancer care for all communities.
Our National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center designation means we meet the highest federal standards and signifies our commitment to advancing cancer research to reduce the cancer burden. As the Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Mountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute has become a destination cancer center for all of Utah and the broader region. We achieve this by continuously improving cancer care standards, enhancing access to cancer prevention and screening programs, and training the next generation of the cancer workforce.
Key Areas of Focus
Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Office of Programs to Enhance Diversity is integral to our guiding principle to put the patient and community first as we strive to reduce cancer burden in our state and region. In alignment with the requirements of our National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant, some of our priorities include:
Educational lecture series on issues in health care. For example, best practices for reaching out to Spanish-speaking populations or considerations in providing cancer care to individuals with disabilities or New American communities. These lectures facilitate connections and offer resources for Huntsman Cancer Institute medical providers and research faculty to provide compassionate cancer care to all communities we serve.
Unique nationally-recognized and federally-funded PathMaker training program designed to introduce junior high, high school, and early college students to careers in medicine. These programs are broad and provide scientific training opportunities and laboratory experiences for students and secondary science teachers in Utah. For example, about 70% of participants in the program are from communities outside of Salt Lake City, including rural and frontier areas.
Partnerships with communities and organizations across the state of Utah to reach all groups, including the Association for Utah Community Health Centers, the HPV Vaccination Coalition, and genetic counselors across the region.
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah rests on Indigenous land that reflects the rich history of our state and region. We are committed to honoring, respecting, and protecting the story and the People of this sacred place.