We are the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas.
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.
"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."
Our Leadership and Staff
Meet the leadership and staff of UT Southwestern's Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (from left):
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
The University of Texas at Arlington
Becky Earlie-Royer, Ph.D.
Texas Department of State Health Services, Regions 2 and 3
Pearl Garza Fracchia
Past Affiliation: Dallas ISD
Belinda González Hampton
Tarrant County Health Department
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
Philip Huang, M.D.
Dallas County Health and Human Services
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Mago & Associates
The Senior Source
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic
Mike McKay, Co-Chair
Past Affiliation: AIDS Outreach Center
Susan G. Komen Dallas County
Catherine Oliveros, Ph.D.
Texas Health Resources
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
American Cancer Society
Rabbi Ari Sunshine
Congregation Shearith Isreal
Foremost Family Health Centers
Kelsel Thompson, Co-Chair
Paul Quinn College
North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition
Our Patient and Family Advisory Council
At Simmons Cancer Center, we build cancer care around the wide-ranging needs of our patients and their caregivers. The Patient and Family Advisory Council was created and developed with generous support from Kim and Jeff Chapman to identify and address patients’ needs and ensure the highest level of comprehensive and compassionate care.
To achieve this goal, we conduct regular listening sessions with the patients and families who serve on the 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.