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The role of Dana-Farber's Community Benefits office is to support the Institute's goal to reduce cancer risk among medically underserved populations.
We work with city and state health departments, community partners, and Boston-based coalitions to assess and monitor the needs of local residents with respect to cancer control.
In collaboration with staff throughout Dana-Farber, we serve as a bridge with community organizations and establish evidence-based and sustainable outreach programs.
We are on the front lines of supporting and collaborating on programs designed to eliminate disparities in breast, colon, and skin cancer; educate diverse populations about tobacco cessation, human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention and screening; and strengthen the support system for medically underserved populations. In short, we are committed to making Dana-Farber's care and research findings more accessible to everyone within and outside its walls.
The only mobile digital mammography program in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dana-Farber's Mammography Van provides screening mammograms and breast health education to women 40 years of age and older.
Dana-Farber is bringing fresh momentum to a community outreach program aimed at increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among racial and ethnic minority groups in the Boston area.
The Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care Clinic at Whittier Street Health Center helps patients in the Roxbury community make a smooth transition to treatment at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.
Dana-Farber's Community Benefits Office also engages in a number of comprehensive reporting processes in collaboration with local, state, and federal health agencies and other community-based partners to satisfy applicable regulatory requirements and demonstrate measurable outcomes in reducing the cancer burden in our priority neighborhoods.
Dana-Farber's Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Prevention Program works to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Massachusetts through free education and free skin screenings for the public.
Dana-Farber's HPV and Related Cancers Outreach Program uses a multi-pronged approach to prevent six types of cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV-related cancers can be prevented with vaccination, screening, and early detection.
Read more stories in the Community Benefits brochure