Community Commitment

Duarte and neighboring Irwindale have been home to City of Hope ever since a group of volunteers set up two large tents on a plot of empty desert to treat tuberculosis patients more than 100 years ago. While we have changed quite a bit since 1913, our bond to our home community remains as strong as ever.


 A Spirit of Service

Supporting our communities is fundamental to City of Hope’s mission. Working with a variety of local partners and stakeholders, we provide millions of dollars a year to programs and activities that serve our region. Among our many community-serving initiatives, we work to:

  • Promote health and wellness
  • Address health disparities and access to care
  • Advance disease prevention and education
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion
  • Educate and train young people to develop a pipeline for tomorrow’s health-care leaders

 Overall, City of Hope participates in more than 200 community outreach events and programs.

Core Community Programs

Educating the Next Generation

City of Hope maintains a close partnership with the Duarte Unified School District, reaching some 1,600 students in recent years. Among our efforts is the Train, Educate, and Accelerate Careers in Healthcare (T.E.A.C.H.) Project at Duarte High School. This specialized program exposes students to jobs in science, health care and other STEM-related fields by providing college-level training and career readiness. Such programs are heralded as the next revolution in education and a model for meeting the nation’s job training and education needs.

City of Hope also hosts numerous outreach programs for local Duarte students, including the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Collaborative. The SEPA Collaborative is a partnership with Duarte Unified School District that engages students in science, technology, and medical fields in order to create a path for STEM jobs in the future. As part of the program, K-8 students visit City of Hope, hear from doctors and scientists, and learn from hands-on science experiments. High school students have the opportunity to conduct research with professional scientists and world-class instructors in City of Hope’s Community Teaching Laboratory. Students are also paired with City of Hope mentors to learn first-hand about professions in the medical field.

Neighborhood Health Outreach

City of Hope has long been a strong advocate of improving community health in Duarte. The Eat, Move, Live program is a community-based nutrition and physical activity project designed to reduce cancer risks. Nutrition education classes open to the community and at Duarte High School are held in English and Spanish to help raise awareness of healthy eating options.

City of Hope has also identified and met other community needs by helping low-income community members receive cancer treatment at its facilities; offering community resources in Spanish; assisting low-income patients in the community with transportation support and housing; and offering workshops on topics ranging from healthy living to personal finance.

Support for Families

City of Hope offers a wide range of support services for patients and their families through our Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center and our Department of Supportive Care Medicine. Through our programs, physicians, nurses, health educators, patient navigators, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, child life educators and others work together to provide tailored and proactive supportive care for patients and their families.

Serving Diverse Populations

City of Hope works to break down sociocultural barriers that limit access to care in communities of varying cultures and languages. This includes dedicated outreach to the African-American, Latino, and Asian-American communities, as well as programming in Spanish, Chinese, and other languages. Our efforts also expand the community use of health education materials, build partnerships with key stakeholders, and create active conversations to amplify awareness of community-specific health-care needs.

In the coming years, City of Hope will continue tailoring our programs to meet the needs of culturally specific groups.

Continuing Medical Education for Community Providers

Community health-care providers are often the first line of care for disease detection and prevention among underserved populations. City of Hope assists these community care professionals by providing information to remain current on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer and diabetes.

Our commitment includes:

  • Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in our medical education, through research and by providing references for and encouraging follow-up reading
  • Providing the latest information on screening guidelines and clinical trials free of charge on City of Hope’s website
  • Inviting area practitioners to attend Ask the Experts talks at City of Hope free of charge
  • Offering lectures at City of Hope community practice sites with large underserved populations, including Mission Hills, Lancaster and Corona
  • Helping physicians and nurses earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits on such topics as supportive care, palliative care and how to talk with patients in a culturally sensitive manner