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Community Outreach and Engagement Leadership Team

Dr. Carmen Guerra is Associate Director for Diversity and Outreach. She is the Ruth C. and Raymond G. Perelman Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine. She is a general internist, epidemiologist and cancer control researcher. Her federally- and foundation-funded research focuses on disparities in access to cancer screening tests among underserved populations. Dr. Guerra advances efforts to facilitate the participation of diverse populations in cancer clinical trials at the ACC and leads the implementation of the Cancer Clinical Trial Ambassador Program. Supported by a P30 supplement, her team developed strong partnerships with faith-based and other organizations that serve Philadelphia’s Black communities.

Dr. Karen Glanz is Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research. She is the George A. Weiss University Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. Dr. Glanz is a world-renowned behavioral scientist and public health researcher. Her work in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, reduction of health disparities and novel health communication technologies. She is one of America’s most highly cited scientists in her field, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a current member of the NHLBI Advisory Council, and she served on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years. She leads the Community Engagement and Research Core of Penn’s CTSA and is Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center. She led the P30 supplement catchment area assessment and developed the ACC Catchment Report.

Our Organization

Drs. Guerra and Glanz lead a team of dedicated researchers, educators, coordinators and patient specialists.

Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP

Dr. Carmen Guerra

Associate Director for Diversity and Outreach

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Dr. Karen Glanz

Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research

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    Brenda Bryant

    Senior Research Outreach Coordinator and NCI NON Community Heath Educator

  • Head shot of Diann Boyd

    Diann Boyd, BSN, RN, OCN

    GI Outreach and Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigator

  • Head shot of Emily Verderame

    Emily Verderame, MPH

    Healthy Woman Program and Penn Breast Health Initiative Patient Navigator

  • Head shot of Jade Avelis

    Jade Avelis, PhD

    COE Project Manager

  • Head shot of Yolande Goncalves

    Yolande Goncalves

    COE Research Coordinator

  • Head shot of Claudia Caponi

    Claudia Caponi

    COE Project Coordinator

  • Head shot of Wei-Ting Hwang

    Wei-Ting Hwang, PHD

    Biostatistician