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Focus on Community

The UCCCC seeks to ensure quality cancer care for patients in our community. Over the past 5 years, the UCCCC and The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) have launched a series of initiatives to build partnerships with local communities and to engage directly in providing information and solutions that enhance healthcare in the neighborhoods surrounding UChicago.

To address the gap between advances in cancer care and patient accessibility, the UCCCC has created the Office of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities (OCECD). This office works toward achieving the desired cancer prevention and control outcomes that underserved communities so desperately need.

OCECD's priorities are to identify the areas of Chicago most affected by cancer and to provide the resources and services necessary to:

  • increase access to care
  • reduce risk factors for cancer
  • reduce tobacco use
  • increase participation in cancer research
  • maintain a surveillance system
  • improve the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors

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