Community serving through outreach and engagement

By partnering with local community members, health systems, patients and their families, the UF Health Cancer Center is reducing the burden of cancer in the 23 counties we serve — from prevention to survivorship.

understanding the population we serve

who we serve

Our Catchment Area

The UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC) serves diverse communities in North Central Florida, providing exceptional care, engaging in groundbreaking research and fostering collaboration. It is our goal that everyone residing within our catchment area — from the farmlands of Live Oak, to the coastal waters of Apalachicola Bay — has access to world class cancer care.

Catchment collage

Our aims

aim 1

Assess and monitor the cancer-relevant burden

In partnership with local stakeholders (i.e., individuals, families, clinicians, communities, policy makers), we are actively learning from our catchment area using linked clinical, social determinants of health, health care delivery, and community reported data.

aim 2

Enhance the impact of UFHCC research

We enhance UFHCC research by involving the community in setting a research agenda for the cancer center, increasing alignment of cancer research with catchment area cancer burden, and facilitating access to interventional trials, especially for underrepresented populations.

aim 3

Engage the community as partners in adopting evidence-based strategies

We include the community in identifying and addressing gaps in care across the cancer continuum, particularly for those with multiple, intersecting vulnerabilities; addressing social determinants of health that contribute to gaps in care, and providing educational forums and programs.

aim 4

Engage the community in advocacy and policy development

We give the community a voice for improving health policy, particularly as it relates to tobacco prevention and improved access to care.

community Resources


Take care of yourself and your family.

In addition to your cancer treatment, getting well means taking care of yourself, your family, and your home. UF/IFAS Extension has been helping families like yours manage nutrition, finances, stress, relationships and more in every county for more than a century. We are here to support you with science-based information and services to help you with your concerns and challenges. We work closely with our colleagues in UF Health to understand your needs and make sure we connect you to solutions online or in your county.

Community members participating in Taste of the Garden and Recipe Swap.  Photo taken 02-15-17

connecting the cancer community

monthly lecture series

Join us for "Cancer Connections"

Cancer Connections is an educational and networking event that brings together cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Presentation topics include cutting-edge cancer research, treatment options and healthcare services, explained in an easy-to-understand way.

Cancer Connections meeting

bringing care to underserved POPULATIONS



In order to link underserved and at-risk patients to needed treatment and follow-up, Project CONTINUITY (CONnecTing hIgh risk aNd Underserved Individuals To care in the communitY) was launched. The long-term goals of Project CONTINUITY include increasing cancer screening in diverse behavioral health care settings and using evidence-based strategies to link vulnerable patients to care.

Therapy session with young woman

GUIDED BY leaders that care


Office of Community Outreach and Engagement

The UF Health Cancer Center's Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) office focuses on cancer-related issues that are critical to the communities we serve.

Sarah Szurek, Ph.D., speaks to the Community Advisory Board of the UFHCC's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.