Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH
Professor and Director

K. Vish Viswanath
Professor and Deputy Director
Director of the Health Communication Core
Viswanath Lab website

Andy Tan, PhD, MPH, MBA, MBBS
Assistant Professor

Center for Community-Based Research

Welcome to the Center for Community-Based Research (CCBR). Our Center is a part of the Center for Population Sciences of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. CCBR's work is dedicated to exploring and building on the roles of the social and physical environments in influencing cancer risk and in reducing that risk through effective interventions.

We work through a variety of settings — communities, work sites, low-income housing, community-health centers and media institutions among others — to develop and test interventions to address disparities across the cancer control continuum, from prevention to survivorship. The population groups of interest to us include labor unions, racial and ethnic minorities, blue-collar and service workers, patients and journalists.

Recent examples of our projects include:

  • An intervention to address digital divide and improve internet literacy among the underserved.
  • Establishment of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being to facilitate, support and disseminate trans-disciplinary research aimed at promoting and protecting worker health through programs that integrate occupational safety and health and workplace health promotion.
  • The development of a measure of financial well-being for use in cancer prevention research.

While we work in a variety of settings and population groups, the fundamental thrust that threads the projects together is our focus on the role of social context and how contextual factors such as race, class and social institutions influence individual health behaviors (see figure).

The work in our center is inter-disciplinary, as reflected in the appointments of our faculty in the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and our leadership roles in the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC).

We have a dedicated staff of over 70 with backgrounds in public health, sociology, psychology, health promotion, communication and social work among other disciplines. CCBR offers myriad training opportunities including postdoctoral fellowships, visiting professorships and short-term internships.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you want more information.