Would you like a cancer expert to speak at your community event?
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center physicians and researchers can come share the latest in cancer prevention, treatment, and clinical trials with your audience. Email SKCCoutreach@jefferson.edu to learn more.
Seeking cancer education materials or other resources for your community? Email SKCCoutreach@jefferson.edu. We look forward to connecting with you!
Would you like the Mobile Cancer Screening Van to come to your organization?
Thanks to a generous gift from Dietz & Watson, our mobile cancer screening van provides a convenient way to receive a cancer screening with the same imaging technology we use at our facilities.
Impacting our patients and the community at large
The National Cancer Institute and the SKCC is committed to improving the lives of all individuals in the community,
beyond those who are Jefferson patients. The SKCC catchment area covers more than 5 million residents in Philadelphia,
Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester County in New Jersey. The top 5 priority cancers within the SKCC catchment area are: breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and multiple myeloma.
For more information about the SKCC catchment area or data, please contact SKCCOutreach@jefferson.edu
In 2019, the SKCC awarded four community engagement pilot awards to members of the Community Advisory Board. The pilot awards aim to reduce cancer disparities in our catchment area while fostering collaboration between local organizations and the SKCC.
2019 - 2020 Recipients
Increasing Awareness and Cancer-Related Screenings for LGBTQIA Individuals in Philadelphia
Hepatitis B Foundation
Assessing Barriers to Hepatitis B Testing among African Immigrant Communities in Philadelphia
African Family Health Organization
Educating African Immigrant Women about Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery Co.
A Campaign to Increase Breast and Colon Cancer Screening for Asian Adults Living in the North Penn Area of Montgomery County
Making Research CLEAR (Community Learning and Experience About
The Making Research CLEAR program aims to bring down the walls between cancer centers and the communities they serve, to increase transparency in the cancer research process and to incorporate the community’s voice in cancer research.
As part of the Making Research CLEAR program, community members will be paired with an SKCC scientist that matches their interests, get a behind-the-scenes look at the cancer research process, attend cancer center meetings and lectures, and share their story about healthcare and cancer with other community members.
Are you interested in learning more about cancer research? Click here to start!
SKCC Educational and Research Pipeline Program for Emerging Scholars
The SKCC research pipeline program was created to expose high school students to clinical research as a career path. The goals include increasing awareness about career opportunities in clinical research and clinical trials, increasing an understanding of the importance of clinical trials in advancing the science of cancer, and enhancing the relationship between TJU and the community it serves.
SKCC partners with Philadelphia-area high schools that have strong programs in science and technology. Students attend presentations from SKCC researchers and clinicians to showcase different career options and provide insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of working in the field. Students also participate in a volunteer program to provide hands-on work experience and present their senior projects to Jefferson faculty and staff. The SKCC is working on expanding the program throughout the Philadelphia area and establishing a model that can be replicated nationally. If your Philadelphia-area high school is interested in participating in the pipeline program, contact Valerie Hess to learn more.
Do you need food, medical care, housing, transportation or other services? Check out our searchable database – the Jefferson Health Community Resource – for services close to you
In partnership with Aunt Bertha, Inc., this comprehensive database helps you find free and low-cost local services for food, medical care, housing, learning, transportation and more. To help address the additional stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, the site now includes economic and lifestyle resources.
The database works in conjunction with many of Philadelphia’s leading healthcare and community organizations and is updated regularly.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the site also includes economic and lifestyle resources for those who may be facing adversity during this challenging time.
Our dedicated faculty and staff work to build partnerships and promote health equity throughout our catchment area
Associate Director for Community Integration
Dr. Leader is the Director of Community Outreach & Engagement at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) and Associate Professor, Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology. She works closely with community health organizations, regularly representing SKCC at events throughout our catchment area and launched the first SKCC Community Advisory Board in 2019. Dr. Leader recently led an NCI grant to assess the health needs of people who live in the SKCC catchment area. She is currently leading an NCI grant to integrate community members into the SKCC research infrastructure.Contact Dr. Leader
Associate Director of Cancer Disparities
Dr. Mitchell is a clinical professor of medical oncology, the Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, and the Associate Director for Cancer Disparities at the SKCC. She is past-president of the National Medical Association and inducted into the Royal College of Physicians for her life-long dedication to clinical cancer research and exceptional patient care. Dr. Mitchell has spent her medical career helping individuals in medically underserved areas to realize that simple changes in lifestyle can have a dramatic impact. Dr. Mitchell has demonstrated the importance of community service and outreach especially to individuals who may not have the means to seek out more conventional medical advice.Contact Dr. Mitchell
Project Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement
Ms. Melillo serves as the In-Reach Project Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at SKCC, linking the cancer research programs and Clinical Research Organization with the community’s needs. She oversees SKCC initiatives related to health literacy, diversity, and inclusion and monitors COE metrics across the enterprise. She is instrumental in ensuring that internal research activities are aligned with the cultures and needs of the communities in our catchment area. Ms. Melillo led the design and development of SKCC’s first-ever 2020 Catchment Area Report. With a background in exercise physiology, her passion is promoting health education to the community, including appropriate cancer screenings and preventive lifestyle changes.Contact Rebecca
Project Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement
Ms. Song is the Project Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at SKCC. She serves an important role in building and strengthening community relationships for the cancer center. She is the liaison for the Community Advisory Board, coordinates and leads COE outreach events across the catchment area, oversees SKCC volunteers, and assists with community involvement and resources for the SKCC Mobile Screening Van. With both training in medicine and social work, Ms. Song is passionate about addressing social determinants of health and improving access to cancer screening and treatment, especially for marginalized and underserved communities.Contact Yawei