Research Center for Health Equity

Developed as a part of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, the Research Center for Health Equity conducts a wide range of research, from molecular/genetic to behavioral, and research-driven community outreach and engagement (COE). COE efforts focus on compliance with cancer screening guidelines and major behavioral and lifestyle factors, such as physical activity,  tobacco cessation and dissemination of the latest, most accurate cancer information. To increase effectiveness and extend our reach, the Center has established partnerships with many diverse community organizations in Los Angeles county and statewide. The center has also established research consortia at the statewide, national, and international levels. 

Another main initiative of the Research Center for Health Equity is the expansion of clinical trial participation in underserved populations. The center is dedicated to educating L.A. community members about the facts and myths surrounding clinical trials. Participating in a clinical trial at Cedars-Sinai offers potentially lifesaving medical treatment to many of our patients and a goal of the Center is to increase awareness and access to such trials for underserved communities.

See photos from our past events below.


Meet the Research Center for Health Equity Team

Cedars-Sinai Research Center for Health Equity brings together industry leaders to improve health equity for underserved populations in Los Angeles County and throughout California.

Director and Faculty

Robert Haile, DrPH, MPH
Director, Research Center for Health Equity
Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Director for Population Health Sciences, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Endowed Chair in Population Health Sciences

Jane C. Figueiredo, PhD, MSc
Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
Director, Community and Population Health Research, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Associate Director, Center for Integrated Research on Cancer and Lifestyle for Epidemiology, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Research Scientist, Division of Hematology Oncology
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD
Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity

Celina H. Shirazipour, PhD
Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity

Christie Jeon, DSc
Faculty, Research Center for Health Equity
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology Oncology

Center Staff and Administration

Zul Surani
Associate Director, Research Center for Health Equity
Administrator, Community Outreach, Engagement and Partnerships, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

Josyel Castellon
Program Manager

Laurel Finster, MPH
Research Programs Advisor

Allison Kincaid
Administrative Services Associate

Anita (Joan) Levine, PhD
Project Scientist

Norma Bernal
Research Administrative Coordinator

Ergueen Herrera
Community Outreach Coordinator, Latino communities

Dong Hee Kim
Community Outreach Coordinator, Korean communities

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez
Community Outreach Coordinator, LGBTQIA communities

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have any questions or wish to learn about Cedars-Sinai Cancer's Community Outreach and Engagement, please send us a message.

Zul Surani
Director, Community Outreach and Engagement and Operations
Director, Research Center for Health Equity