The UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is committed to serving diverse populations throughout San Diego.A Message from COE Director Elena Martinez, Ph.D.
Our mission is to improve access to cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship support and services throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.Learn More
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The MCC Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Community Advisory Board (CAB) serves as an essential link between the community and the Moores Cancer Center.Learn more
The goal for Moores Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) is to address cancer disparities and inequities in San Diego and Imperial Counties by establishing sustained community partnerships to identify and disseminate evidence-based, cancer-related information and resources across the cancer continuum.
Moores Cancer Center provides cancer education, outreach, and care to underserved and diverse populations.
In 2022, 19.6% of the cancer center’s outpatient cancer population were insured by Medi-Cal. Unfortunately, underserved communities in this region have significant disparities in cancer incidence and mortality, as well as a high percentage of cancer risk factors, such as obesity and low screening rates.
Our investigators are involved in community-engaged cancer disparities research.
Our nationally renowned researchers sustain authentic community and healthcare partnerships, by measuring and understanding our area’s cancer burdens, disparities and contributing factors, and using this information to promote clinical, research, and policy initiatives. To learn more about some of these projects, take a look at our Priority Projects in the community.
Aims of Community Outreach and Engagement
Assess the cancer burden in San Diego and Imperial Counties
Address cancer disparities along the cancer continuum through research and community engagement
Share evidence-based practices and resources among communities and providers
Engage with regional, national, and global partners to impact policies
Catchment Area Diversity
San Diego County comprises a population of approximately 3.5 million residents. MCC’s catchment area is a minority-majority region, where non-Hispanic whites (NHWs) are not the majority population and Hispanics make up a sizeable proportion (34% in San Diego County). The county also has a larger proportion of Asians and Pacific Islanders compared to the rest of the United States. Thus, our catchment area region is made up of extensive cultural, linguistic, and racial/ethnic diversity.