The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE): Serves as an infrastructure and bridge between scientists and community organizations (e.g., health care, government, education, nonprofits, faith based, social services, tribal) throughout Utah and the Mountain West.
Mission: Bring communities and researchers together to create long-term solutions to prevent cancer and improve health among underserved populations.
Vision: Eliminate health disparities in cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality for the Mountain West.
With a goal of reducing health disparities in Utah, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $5 million to Rachel Hess, M.D., and Guilherme Del Fiol, M.D., Ph.D., of University of Utah Health, and David Wetter, Ph.D., of Huntsman Cancer Institute and U of U Health.... Read More
Cho Y. Lam, PhD, research associate professor in the department of population health sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah, spoke with HemOnc Today for a cover story about the importance of smoking cessation among people with cancer. Lam highlighted Huntsman’s Ask, Advise and Connect strategy, which ensures patients with cancer are assessed for tobacco and — if necessary — connected to treatment. "We ensure that patients with cancer who smoke do not fall through the cracks," Lam said.... Read More
Two PCORI-funded research teams are investigating interventions designed to help people in underserved populations access and engage in evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions and successfully quit smoking. David Wetter’s University of Utah-based study is comparing strategies to engage tobacco users in cessation programs at community health centers (CHCs). These facilities provide primary care to millions nationally, the majority of whom are minorities and have incomes below the federal poverty level.... Read More
Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health are committed to ending health disparities in the Mountain West. Chesleigh N. Keene, MA, PhD from the Center for HOPE and Priyanka Kanth, MD from the Familial Cancer Assessment Clinic talk about their on-the-ground work to address health disparities, and why they value diversity in cancer research and care.... Read More
Faculty at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) cultivate the scientists who will carry our lifesaving work into the future. It's part of our mission. We offer trainee programs for researchers, public health professionals, and care providers such as physicians and advanced practice clinicians. These are some of the more than 425 students training at HCI.... Read More
We are pleased to announce Christopher Cambron, a current postdoc with the Center for HOPE working under the mentorship of David Wetter, received funding for a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F32 award from the National Cancer Institute. ... Read More