Preventing Cancer in Underserved Populations

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.

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News & Blog

Jun 28, 2019

Fighting to Stamp Out Tobacco Use among Underserved Populations

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

Apr 24, 2019

How Our Researchers and Physicians Work to End Health Disparities

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

Mar 01, 2019

Meet Our Trainees

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

Aug 09, 2018

Chris Cambron receives F32

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

May 08, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Opens Center for Hope and is Awarded $9.7 Million to Improve Health Among Underserved Populations

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) announced the opening of the Cancer Population Sciences and Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE). The center recently received $9.7 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to fund a clinical trial researching new and effective approaches to reduce tobacco use.... Read More

Sep 14, 2016

Improving Cancer Prevention and Care among Underserved Individuals Focus of New Huntsman Center for HOPE

SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah today announced the creation of a new center to be housed in the soon-to-be-completed expansion of HCI’s research enterprise, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. The new center will be called the Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) and will focus on discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations, including individuals living in poverty and residents of rural (between 6.1 and 99.9 persons/sq. mile) and frontier (<6.1 persons/sq. mile) areas.... Read More

David Wetter
David Wetter, PhD, MS
Senior Director of Community Engagement and Cancer Health Equity Research, Principal Investigator
Phone: 801-213-6178
Cancer Center Bio