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 prostate cancer; educate diverse populations about clinical trials; 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.
Each semester, eight students from the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences come to Dana-Farber for a community health rotation that provides an opportunity to work with a disease that affects everyone.
Danielle Byrdsong is one of four college graduates enrolled in a program that offers minority "post baccs," a two-year, hands-on experience in the sciences, enhancing their chances for admission to graduate school.
Through a half dozen workforce development programs, Dana-Farber is exposing high school and college students to careers in health care and letting them know they may have a job opportunity waiting for them here.
The new 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 and Whittier Health Center's cancer survivorship clinic helps participants navigate the road to wellness through medical care and education delivered in a supportive and culturally sensitive environment.
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.
Read more stories in the Community Benefits brochure
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