Office of Outreach and Engagement
Established in 2016, Sylvester’s Office of Outreach and Engagement (SOOE) aims to eliminate the burden of cancer throughout South Florida, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
To ensure that Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) priorities, including community perspective, infuse all aspects of Center activity, the Sylvester Office of Outreach and Engagement (SOOE) team works bi-directionally with key community stakeholders, including those who comprise the Center’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC), to understand local need and how to best address it through collaborative translational science. SOOE’s focus is also informed by Center developed data resources, such as the data visualization platform, SCAN360, and/or socio-demographic and cancer risk data gleaned by the Center’s mobile community outreach and research vehicles, known as Game Changer Vehicles (GCVs), which close gaps in cancer education, screening, and research opportunity across SoFL. Both SCAN360 and the GCVs have been replicated by other NCI-designated cancer centers given their empirical benefit for aligning a center’s research portfolio with CA need and reflect Sylvester’s leadership in driving COE efforts nationally.
By working with Sylvester’s teams and partners, the SOOE is able to obtain a clearer picture of the cancer burden in South Florida and learn how to match local need with research opportunity.