Community Health Needs Assessment Reporting

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Community Benefits activities are informed by the Institute's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) process, conducted every three years to gain a greater understanding of the health issues facing Boston residents. The following documents fulfill the Institute's CHNA/CHIP obligations as required under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r)(3)(A)(iii) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and align with the Attorney General's Office (AGO) Community Benefits Guidelines and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) priorities. The findings of the CHNA reports below have validated Dana-Farber's past and current Community Benefits activities, while identifying opportunities for future initiatives and continued community engagement.

As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Dana-Farber is uniquely qualified to demonstrate measurable outcomes in reducing the cancer burden by building on existing Community Benefits activities and marshaling the collective efforts of local partners who share our mission. To achieve racial/ethnic health equity across the cancer continuum, Dana-Farber's Community Benefits Office will continue to focus on the following areas:

  1. Addressing the cancer burden
  2. Reducing access barriers
  3. Promoting survivorship, particularly among communities of color
  4. Addressing the social determinants of health

These areas reflect a commitment to meeting the health needs of medically underserved populations in DFCI's priority neighborhoods and leveraging the hospital's unique role in the continuum of care as a comprehensive cancer center.

Dana-Farber's CHNA documents are available for public review and comment through the links below. For more information, please contact Magnolia Contreras, Vice President of Community Health at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, at or 617-632-3462.

2022-2025 Community Health Needs Assessment

Cancer CHNA Executive Summary
Cancer CHNA Report
CHNA Implementation Plan