• Cancer Care Equity Program

    About the Program

    Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH and patient  

    The Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) aims to place Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the forefront of efforts to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes to vulnerable patients locally and become a national model for translating disparities research into interventions. To accomplish this, CCEP's work focuses on three initiatives:

    Clinical Outreach Initiative

    A pilot program for streamlined diagnosis, treatment, and education of underserved patients with suspected malignancy, in collaboration with Whittier Street Health Center, a community health primary care center located in Roxbury, Mass. There are six targeted objectives that the Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) hopes to achieve with its Clinical Outreach Initiative:

    • Decrease wait times for diagnosis and treatment of cancer for vulnerable patient populations
    • Increase awareness and knowledge of cancer prevention and treatment within vulnerable communities
    • Foster trust with providers and patients from vulnerable communities
    • Create a research cohort of patients referred via the WSHC outreach program for observational and interventional studies
    • Increase enrollment in clinical trials
    • Create a model for addressing the health disparities gap in cancer care

    Dana-Farber Health Equity Reporting

    Monitoring of adult and pediatric inpatient/outpatient oncology services with consistent documentation of patient sociodemographic data, including clinical trials participation.

    • Produce quarterly health equity reports
    • Collaborate with External Affairs and existing quality and clinical committees to develop appropriate interventions when needed

    Support for Disparities Research

    Support and facilitation of disparities research and researchers at Dana-Farber, functioning as a conduit between laboratory-based researchers, health services researchers, outreach efforts, community-based researchers, and clinical trialists who focus on disparities research. In collaboration with the Program for Disparities in Risk Reduction, the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, and Harvard Catalyst, the Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) is responsible for fostering a supportive, cross-disciplinary environment for cancer disparities research. The CCEP's research activities are aligned with the following objectives:

    • Formation of a research cohort of patients referred to Dana-Farber via the CCEP's clinical outreach program for observational and qualitative studies
    • Increase enrollment on clinical trials
    • Facilitate disparities research across disciplines

    Lung Cancer Screening Program

    In 2014, the Cancer Care Equity Program partnered with CVS Pharmacy to begin a cancer screening program for patients seen at Dana-Farber Cancer Care at Whittier Street Health Center. Through this program, patients are able to have a consultation with one of our oncologists, receive a referral to our smoking cessation counselor for individualized one-on-one smoking cessation counseling, and receive a low-dose CT scan at no cost at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


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