The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (OCOE), formerly the Health Disparities Research Center, was created to enable collaboration across Fred Hutch, the University of Washington (UW), Seattle Children's and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Our community approach creates a feedback loop designed to close the gap in health disparities and reduce the incidence and mortality rates from cancer and other diseases. We work with community members to improve knowledge and awareness of cancer risk factors, screening services and treatment options. By engaging with members of underrepresented communities, we discover where inequities exist, helping scientists and clinicians develop and apply new knowledge to help these at-risk communities. The more knowledge we gain, the better we are able to address the needs of different communities, further reducing health disparities.
In addition to our primary location at the Fred Hutch campus in Seattle, the OCOE operates the Center for Community Health Promotion in Sunnyside, Washington.
Dr. Mendoza's research uses innovative behavioral interventions and policies in schools, communities and clinical settings to eliminate inequities in childhood physical activity and nutrition outcomes disadvantaged populations.
Throughout her career at Fred Hutch, Ms. Briant has served as a catalyst for cancer control planning and implementation in the Northwest Region as she and her staff have worked with organizations that reach medically underserved populations to help plan, implement, and evaluate effective and sustainable cancer control strategies. She currently works with the OCOE team to use a community-based participatory research approach to implement interventions that address issues around health disparities.
Dr. Barrington is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and a member of the Cancer Prevention program of the Public Health Sciences division.
Dr. Ceballos’s research integrates psychoneuroendocrinology and cancer prevention and control with the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate behavioral interventions.
Dr. Nyame is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, as well as a surgeon, researcher, educator, and patient advocate who specializes in urologic oncology and general urology. His research interest is in healthcare disparities in urologic cancers.
Dr. Hannon is the Director of the Health Promotion Research Center, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center. Her research focuses on dissemination and implementation research, with an emphasis on cancer screening and workplace health promotion.
Dr. Lion is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She also practices General Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Dr. Parker is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She also serves as Associate Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute Community Engagement and Outreach Core.
Dr. Schwartz is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. His research centers on genetic, lifestyle and environmental determinants of neoplasia and its sequelae.
Senior Statistical Analyst
Mr. Doody is a member of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative (CERC) within the Public Health Sciences division.
Hallie Pritchett, M.P.H.
Community Health Education Manager
Liszet Bigelow, M.S.W.
Community Health Educator for Urban Populations
Community Health Educator for Indigenous Populations
Danté Morehead, M.P.H.
Community Health Educator for African-American Populations
Dillon van Rensburg, C.H.E.S.
Community Health Educator for Rural Populations
The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Mail Stop M3-B232
Seattle, WA 98109