Sylvester’s Office of Outreach and Engagement (SOOE) focuses on connecting with and serving the medically underserved counties surrounding its South Florida campus. SOOE’s 10 full-time staff members mirror the area’s racial diversity, including in languages spoken.
Especially when it comes to highly preventable cancers like cervical cancer, community education and engagement can go a long way to reduce cervical cancer rates and care inequities.
“Our aim is to reduce the burden of cervical and other cancers through cancer education, access to screenings and outreach,” said Dinah Trevil, M.P.A., director for Community Outreach and Engagement.
One of the primary ways in which Sylvester reaches people in the community is through its two Game Changer vehicles. The mobile Game Changer clinic on wheels travels throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in South Florida to provide free cancer screenings to communities in need.
In 2021, the Game Changer vehicle program reached more than 40,000 people, providing free cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, along with Hep C and STD/STI screenings. Game Changer vehicles also provide educational information on topics such as cervical, colorectal, breast, prostate, and lung cancer.
Game Changer Partner Sites/Organizations
- LITTLE HAITI
Center for Haitian Studies
- MIAMI GARDENS
North Dade Public Library
Homestead Housing Authority N.E.T. Office