Academic Partners

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

George A. Weiss University Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program
Abramson Cancer Center

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is a George A. Weiss University Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the UPenn. She directs the UPenn Center for Health Behavior Research and the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn CTSA. Glanz is a globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines. Her research in community and health care settings focuses on reducing health disparities, community engagement, cancer prevention and control, and obesity, nutrition, and the built environment. 

 At the Abramson Cancer Center at UPenn, Dr. Glanz is co-Program Leader of the Cancer Control Program (since 2018) and was Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research from 2018-2022. She has actively worked with community-engaged research and community participatory research for three decades.

Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH

Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health and Associate Professor
Thomas Jefferson University

Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH, is the Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the SKCC and an Associate Professor of Population Science in Medical Oncology at Jefferson. Dr. Leader oversees and coordinates community outreach and engagement activities across the SKCC’s 7-county catchment area. She founded the SKCC Community Advisory Board and directs the SKCC Mobile Cancer Screening Unit that partners with community organizations to provide free cancer screening and diagnostic follow-up care to those in need. Dr. Leader also leads a portfolio of externally funded research in the areas of cancer communication, community engagement, and vaccine hesitancy, receiving funding from the NCI, the DOD, the ACS, and industry partners.

Charnita Ziegler-Johnson, PhD, MPH

Associate Director of 
Community Outreach and Engagement (COE)
Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University

Zeigler-Johnson joined Fox Chase in October 2022 from Thomas Jefferson University, where she was an associate professor in the Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology since 2013 and an associate professor in the College of Population Health since 2021.

Zeigler-Johnson’s research interests focus on the relationship between community history and prostate cancer disparities, as well as increasing lung cancer screening access and adherence in vulnerable populations. 

She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research and is a member of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. She also serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and recently completed a four-year term as co-chair of the Coalition’s Disparities Subcommittee.

Evelyn González, MA

Senior Director of
Community Outreach and Engagement (COE)
Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University

Gonzalez has worked in the public health arena for over 30 years, addressing issues of health disparities and health equity. Her career encompasses work in the reproductive health, genetics, and cardiovascular disease fields. For the past 20 years, she has worked in oncology.

As COE Assistant Director (2023), Gonzalez remains committed to the work at hand, her communities, and her institution. Her focused priority areas will address the regional cancer burden, expand access to cancer screenings, and enhance support regarding the importance of research participation by underrepresented audiences in the catchment area and beyond.

Yawei Song, MSW

Program Manager, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health

Ms. Song is the Program Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at SKCC. She serves an important role in sustaining and growing community relationships for the cancer center, also supporting and evaluating the SKCC Community Advisory Board. Ms. Song also coordinates and leads community outreach events in collaboration with community partners. She develops and brings SKCC’s resources and screening programs to the diverse communities throughout our catchment area. Ms. Song is fluent in Chinese, and has been tailoring cancer education resources to meet the community’s needs. With both training in medicine and social work, she is passionate about addressing social determinants of health and improving access to cancer screening and treatment, especially for marginalized and underserved communities.

Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University

Abramson Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

City-Wide Cancer Disparities Conference

June 15, 2023

Health systems, cancer centers, stakeholders, and community members discussed concerns about cancer in Philadelphia and charted a path forward to reduce disparities in our city.