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Overview

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board, established in 2005, comprises representatives from the diverse geographic areas, ethnicities, and lifestyles of Northern California.  Members include representatives of community-based organizations, state and local health departments, community hospitals and medical practices, clergy, and cancer survivors and advocates.

The board advises the Cancer Center Director and senior leaders on strategies to reduce cancer disparities in the San Francisco Bay Area through partnerships with individuals and organizations who are committed to promoting health in underserved communities. The board meets quarterly, and board members are consulted throughout the year as the need arises.

Mission

The board seeks to build partnerships between the Cancer Center and communities in Northern California to enhance:

  • responsiveness by the Cancer Center to patient, family, caregiver, and community needs regarding prevention, detection, and cancer care
  • community-based participatory research
  • opportunities for community members to take part in cancer clinical trials

Vision

The board seeks to eliminate cancer disparities and reduce the overall burden of cancer throughout Northern California.

Goals

The Community Advisory Board seeks to improve access to high-quality clinical research, treatment and services in an effort to reduce cancer disparities:

  • Make recommendations that will enhance, promote, and/or develop Cancer Center efforts and/or programs regarding cancer prevention, early detection, and survivorship.
  • Identify, make recommendations, and assist in implementing initiatives that address barriers experienced by communities, patients, referring physicians, and other referral sources.
  • Foster access to the services that will reduce cancer disparities through improved communication among community members and physicians, and UCSF clinicians, administrators, and researchers.

Responsibilities

  1. Advise the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center regarding the effectiveness of its efforts to reach and serve diverse populations.
  2. Enhance quality and quantity of research that addresses cancer inequities.
  3. Design initiatives tailored to the needs of specific communities.
  4. Promote navigation and easier access to the UCSF health care system for patients. 
  5. Make recommendations to enhance cultural competency in the UCSF health care programs and services.
  6. Participate in development of a credible plan for ensuring representation of all people in cancer clinical trials.
  7. Encourage community participation in cancer studies seeking to understand the scientific basis for population differences in cancer incidence, treatment effects, and outcomes.
  8. Make recommendations leading to increased opportunities for collaboration on community-based cancer research projects.
  9. Advise and assist in fund development.
  10. Identify methods to evaluate board initiatives.
  11. The Community Advisory Board will be results-oriented.  Procedures will be established for addressing issues that come before the Board.