The University of Colorado Cancer Center has a long-standing history of commitment to advocacy, education, outreach and engagement throughout the state of Colorado. Our community partnerships and programs identify and address barriers to cancer health equity and improve outcomes in underserved areas of Colorado, including urban and rural areas across the state. Working together with new and existing organizations, we:
In 2020, the CU Cancer Center launched five studies that are focused on addressing disparities in care and outcomes for Black and Hispanic communities in Colorado.
Evelinn Borrayo, PhD - Associate Director
Dr. Borrayo’s research focuses on health disparities in the prevention, control, and treatment of cancer among medically underserved Latinos. Her research projects have focused on the psychological, cultural, and social factors involved in cancer prevention and control and in the treatment of lung and head-and-neck cancers among Latinas and Latinos affected by these cancers. She conducts research in both community-based and medical settings.
Cancer maps show that areas of Colorado’s Eastern Plains, Western Slope and far south have rates of cancer incidence and outcomes similar to those in Appalachia. On the other hand, the Front Range and mountain communities along the I70 corridor have cancer outcomes far better than national averages. While CU Cancer Center scientists are developing new treatments to raise the ceiling of cancer care, Dr. Evelinn Borrayo is working to ensure that underserved communities aren’t left in the basement. Her goal with the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is to decrease cancer disparities and make sure that everyone in Colorado has equal access to cancer prevention and treatment.
Daniel is a native of the San Luis Valley, and has a broad background in project management with a specific emphasis on implementing statewide projects in primary care settings. Daniel’s previous experience includes the implementation of various cancer screening projects at MD Anderson Cancer Center across Texas. For the past three and a half years he served as the Project Manager for statewide projects at the Department of Family Medicine Practice Transformation Team at the University of Colorado. He now helps oversee the projects and initiatives in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.
José is a Colorado native that studied Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has 6 years of clinical research experience working in several different fields, including working with Spanish speaking participants in the Denver Metro area.
José works in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement as a bilingual coordinator. He facilitates collaboration with community-based organizations throughout urban and rural Colorado and provides health education to the community.
Sarah graduated from the University of Illinois with her M.S. in Kinesiology and Community Health with an emphasis in Exercise Psychology and behavior change. Her research experience includes federally funded, multi-site clinical trials and quality improvement projects related to healthcare. She has been involved in developing and implementing a variety of projects ranging from lifestyle behavior based interventions to incorporating evidence-based practice into multidisciplinary, integrated care settings.
Sarah works in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement as a coordinator. She facilitates collaboration with community-based organizations throughout urban and rural Colorado and provides health education to the community.
Carlo graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Case Manager. His experience includes working for the past 4 years in a federally qualified health center providing case management services to under privileged and underserved populations.
Carlo works in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement as a Bilingual Patient Navigator. His work includes assisting members in the community navigate the healthcare system and get connected with resources throughout the cancer continuum.