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  • Dana-Farber Launches New Funding Opportunity: Improving Community Health by Increasing Access to Services in Greater Boston

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched a new Request for Proposals (RFP) funding opportunity aimed at ensuring all residents, particularly those impacted by cancer and other chronic conditions, have access to coordinated and equitable health and support services. Through this funding opportunity, up to $4 million will be awarded to community organizations in Greater Boston over the next four years to support initiatives that address root causes of health inequities and support needs across the cancer spectrum.

    Access to Services funding will feature two tracks:

    • Community-Clinical Linkage Grants: Single-year funding of up to $50,000 to improve linkages to health and support services, including prevention and chronic care services. Proposals due June 15, 2021.
    • Systems-Level Grants: Multi-year funding (1-4 years) of up to $200,000 per year to create and sustain long-lasting community health improvement. Letters of Intent due June 8, 2021, and full proposals due July 26, 2021 by invitation only.

    Dana-Farber will host an optional Question-&-Answer drop-in session for all interested applicants on Monday, May 24, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. If you would like to attend, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

    See full RFP for complete details
    Submit an Application:

    Download Project Budget Template

    View Funding Announcement Webinar

    Read press release

    For questions, please email

    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.

    Mammography Van

    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.

    Mammography Suite at Whittier Street Health Center

    A Dana-Farber cancer care team at the Mammography Suite at Whittier Street Health Center — including board-certified mammography technologists, program coordinators, and breast health educators — connects low-income, elderly, and medically underserved women to high-quality care screening for breast cancer.

    Cancer Care Equity Program

    Led by Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH, Faculty Director for Cancer Care Equity, the Cancer Care Equity Program (CCEP) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute bridges research and outreach efforts to address cancer disparities. Through a variety of efforts, including a clinical outreach program at Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, health equity reporting, and support for cancer disparities research, among others, CCEP aims to broaden access to vulnerable patient populations and join our community partners in the quest for equitable care across the spectrum of cancer-related disease.

    Community Health Needs Assessment Reporting

    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

    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.

    HPV and Related Cancers Outreach Program

    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.

    Tobacco Control and Lung Cancer Prevention

    Tobacco use is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, tobacco use is linked to about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of our comprehensive approach to reduce smoking and tobacco-related cancers, Dana-Farber provides several clinical programs to patients and community members, including smoking cessation counseling, lung cancer screening, and treatment.

    Read more stories in the Community Benefits brochure
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    Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction

    Dana-Farber offers a wealth of supportive services and programs to help individuals reduce their risk of a cancer occurrence or recurrence.


    Dana-Farber in the Community

    Dana-Farber is dedicated to meeting the health needs of high-risk and medically underserved populations in our communities.