Cancer is often a greater burden on communities of color, people with disabilities, and those with lower income. By engaging people who are impacted by cancer, research can be more relevant and improve health equity. We will discuss how cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and other advocates provide critical expertise and perspectives to help shape research and benefit our communities more quickly and directly.

Zero Breast Cancer has been facilitating community involvement in breast cancer research, outreach and education throughout its 25 years. Join us for the first in our Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer series to learn how cancer advocates and scientists are partnering to improve equity in prevention, treatment and quality of life, and how you can get involved.


Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics


San Francisco, CA

  • Director, Office of Community Engagement , UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA

Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH, is the Associate Director of Community Engagement for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

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Ysabel Duron


The Latino Cancer Institute

Ysabel Duron is a pioneering, award-winning Latina journalist, a cancer survivor, and for the last 20 years, one of the nation’s leading authorities in Latinx/Hispanic cancer education and advocacy. As a TV news anchor, she covered her own cancer battle on air. In 2003, she founded Latinas Contra Cancer, a…

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Jasmine Wong, MD, FACS

Breast Cancer Surgeon & Associate Professor of Surgery , Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center


San Francisco, CA

Jasmine Wong, MD, is a breast cancer surgeon at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center in the UCSF HDFCCC and San Francisco General Hospital. She supports the WISDOM Study (Women Informed to Screen Depending On Measures of risk), a multicenter clinical trial that came about after years of stakeholder…

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Catherine Thomsen, MPH

Program Director

Zero Breast Cancer

Catherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the…

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