For more than 20 years, the UVA Outreach and Engagement team has provided the community with a broad range of cancer education, service programs and activities that have benefitted residents of Central Virginia and beyond. We are committed to engaging and building collaborations within our diverse communities, faith -based organizations and medical community. Through these collaborations, our team provides assistance to community-based organizations in the creation and implementation of innovative cancer programs that are culturally appropriate and inclusive. These programs and collaborations aim to raise awareness and foster healthy communities to reduce cancer disparities.
Programs and Events
The UVA Outreach and Engagement team provides the community with a broad range of cancer education, service programs, and activities that benefit residents of central Virginia and beyond. These programs educate the public about cancer risk, screening, prevention and survivorship. Our health education specialists frequently:
- Attend health events
- Give educational presentations
- Collaborate on community projects
- Promote community awareness of cancer
We commonly work with community organizations, schools, worksites and faith-based groups to deliver high-quality educational programs as well as attend health events on request based on availability. All our programs are offered free of charge to the public.
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Creating Community Champions
UVA's Betsy Grossman is integrated in her local community in Southwest Virginia working to improve knowledge around cancer. She has collaborated with Deb Clarkston, Associate Professor of Nursing at the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program to implement the Understanding Cancer curriculum provided by UVA Cancer Center with nursing students in the Southwest Virginia community. “Students hate busy work. They want to make a difference. The Understanding Cancer program allows them to better understand cancer themselves, the effect cancer has on their community and to complete a teaching project that will make a difference for years to come,” Clarkston stated. These students have made a huge impact since implementing Understanding Cancer, re-teaching what they learned about cancer with over 1000 community members in Southwest Virginia.