Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The Center for Community-Based Research is located at one of the nation’s premiere cancer research institutions. The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC)
The DF/HCC is the largest comprehensive cancer center in the world, bringing together the cancer research efforts of our seven member institutions: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Based in Boston, DF/HCC consists of more than 1,000 researchers with a single goal — to find new and innovative ways to combat cancer.
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
The CCBR faculty have their academic appointments in the Harvard School of Public Health, and HSPH students and post-doctoral fellows are actively engaged in CCBR’s research. The field of public health is inherently multi-disciplinary. So, too, are the interests and expertise of the School’s faculty and students, which extend across the biological, quantitative, and social sciences. With our roots in biology, we are able to confront the most pressing diseases of our time — AIDS, cancer, and heart disease — by adding to our knowledge of their underlying structure and function. Core quantitative disciplines like epidemiology and biostatistics are fundamental to analyzing the broad impact of health problems, allowing us to look beyond individuals to entire populations. And, because preventing disease is at the heart of public health, we also pursue the social sciences to better understand health-related behaviors and their societal influences—critical elements in educating and empowering people to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Massachusetts Cancer Prevention Community Research Network (MCPCRN)
MCPCRN is a collaborative effort between the Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC), Boston University Prevention Research Center (BU-PRC), the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Risk Reduction Program (DF/HCC), and a network of community and academic representatives including Boston College School of Nursing, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society - NE Division, the Boston Public Health Commission, Cancer Information Services (CIS) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The MCPCRN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute and is one of eight nationally funded centers whose collective mission is to accelerate the adoption of cancer prevention and control activities in communities. The goals of the MCPCRN are to foster and facilitate cancer prevention intervention and dissemination research by: (1) translating priorities defined by the Guide to Community Preventive Services ("the Guide") to research aimed at addressing critical gaps in evidence for cancer prevention interventions; and (2) applying community-based participatory research methods to conduct collaborative research. MCPCRN places high priority on fostering research to reduce disparities in cancer prevention and control by socio-economic position or race/ethnicity. MCPCRN brings to this research a broad base of experience in conducting community-based intervention research, a solid infrastructure of established relationships between community and academic partners, and the commitment of leading cancer prevention and control organizations.
Massachusetts Community Network to Eliminate Cancer Disparities Through Education Research and Training (MassCONECT)
MassCONECT is an NCI funded community networks program (CNP). We are one of 25 such funded sites around the country that is working with and within local communities to eradicate inequalities in the use of cancer control services. Additionally, we are one of only three CNPs that is primarily focused on working with underserved populations of low socioeconomic position. The focus of MassCONECT activity is based in the two largest cities in Massachusetts, Boston and Worcester, as well as the city with the greatest level of poverty, Lawrence. Our primary goals are to develop and increase the capacity of these communities by supporting community-based education, research, and training to reduce cancer health disparities. MassCONECT is a comprehensive program that unites the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) with multiple community partners in the three urban Massachusetts communities. In these communities, MassCONECT will unite key partners, including major policy makers, to develop effective ways to reduce cancer disparities.
University of Massachusetts Boston – Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Comprehensive Cancer Partnership Program
The goal of our partnership is to address health disparities in minority populations, and to improve research, training, and outreach opportunities for minority students, nurses, and scientists. It focuses on three areas: 1) collaborative cancer research; 2) shared cancer training efforts; and 3) cancer outreach.
Our immediate goals are to: 1) develop interdisciplinary programs of collaborative research that stimulate basic cancer research at UMB and health disparities research at both UMB and DF/HCC; 2) increase cancer-focused training opportunities for minority students, post-doctoral fellows and nursing PhD students; 3) increase community outreach, cancer education, and dissemination of evidence-based programs; and 4) develop shared mechanisms for minority faculty recruitment and career development.
Our pilot research projects include a focus on population science (e.g. intervention study on obesity and cancer among African-American women), and basic science (e.g. study of cell specific mRNA splicing and cancer); our pilot training programs include a focus on training (fast-track to PhD program for minority nursing students and training opportunities for minority students in research laboratories), and an outreach program (e.g. program to improve clinical trials education in underserved communities through patient navigators and community health workers). The progress of these initial pilot projects/programs, as well as the development of future collaborative research, training, and outreach initiatives, will be carefully monitored by the Planning and Evaluation Core, supervised by a diverse and highly committed Internal Advisory Board and external Program Steering Committee. Scientific and administrative leadership of the Partnership will be provided by Drs. Adán Colón-Carmona (UMB) and Karen Emmons (DF/HCC), who will oversee the Administrative Core, which is composed of accomplished scientists, high-level administrators, and dedicated staff from both UMB and DF/HCC. The Partnership has strong and enthusiastic personal and institutional support from the Vice Chancellor and Provost at UMB and the Director of the DF/HCC.