Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a 13-county region with a population of nearly 8 million. Our goal in the Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity is to give all members of our large, diverse community an equal chance at fighting cancer.

We do this by offering:

  • Education about cancer prevention and control
  • Opportunities for regular screenings and early detection
  • Supportive services for treatment and survivorship
  • Programs for those struggling to access or afford care

In turn, we engage with our community members to listen to their cancer concerns and partner in research that addresses their most pressing needs.

To learn more about the Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity, please contact us at 833-722-6237 or by email at OfficeofCOEE@utsouthwestern.edu.

"Our goal is to lessen cancer’s impact on the Dallas-Fort Worth community, especially for the overlooked and underserved. But we don’t see outreach as a one-way effort; we see it as a two-way relationship. We are looking for local partners who can help us raise awareness about cancer, connect people to services, and conduct research that benefits everyone in our large and diverse community."

Jasmin Tiro, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Director

Our Leadership and Staff

Meet the leadership and staff of UT Southwestern's Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (from left): 

COEE Staff

Jasmin Tiro, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Michele Yates, CHES, CTTS, NCTTP

Anna Núñez

Bryan Elwood, M.Div.

Karla Jerkins, LPC, LMFT, CTTS, NCTTP

Tonya Mitchell, MBA

Renée Barber, M.M.R.

Aimee Israel, M.S.W., LCSW 


Our Community Advisory Board

Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center's Community Advisory Board represents the diverse populations and organizations of Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Through their unique perspectives and talents, board members advise Simmons on the development of successful cancer education and outreach strategies for our area. 

The board also helps Simmons align research priorities with the community’s highest needs, and it mobilizes civic partnerships so that everyone can join forces in the fight against cancer.

2020 Community Advisory Board Members:

Carole Baas, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Rosangela Boyd, Ph.D.
Texas Christian University

Joe Carpenter
The University of Texas at Arlington

Tom Dillon
North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition

Becky Earlie-Royer, Ph.D.
Texas Health and Human Services, Regions 2 and 3

Pearl Garza Fracchia
Past Affiliation: Dallas ISD

Belinda González Hampton
Tarrant County Health Department

Brianna Hinojosa-Smith

Matt Houston
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Philip Huang, M.D.
Dallas County Health and Human Services

Jeff Kitner
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Ashok Mago
Mago & Associates

Stacey Malcolmson
The Senior Source

Leonor Márquez
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic

Mike McKay, Co-Chair
Past Affiliation: AIDS Outreach Center

Natasha Mmeje
Susan G. Komen Dallas County

Catherine Oliveros, Ph.D.
Texas Health Resources

Rick Ortiz
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Shelia Patterson
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Dale Petroskey
Dallas Regional Chamber

Michele Rippey

Sheena Robertson
American Cancer Society

Rabbi Ari Sunshine
Congregation Shearith Isreal

Joyce Tapley
Foremost Family Health Centers

Kelsel Thompson, Co-Chair
Paul Quinn College


Our Patient and Family Advisory Council

At Simmons, we build cancer care around the wide-ranging needs of our patients and their caregivers. To achieve this goal, we conduct regular listening sessions with the patients and families who serve on our Patient and Family Advisory Council. Council members share their views on all aspects of the cancer journey. Their input guides our efforts to create an uplifting care environment, offer patient-centered services, and enable access to clinical trials.

For questions, please contact Alex Huffman at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

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