Since 2003, the Cancer Disparities program has successfully collaborated on several new grant proposals, with many members of our Executive Committee serving as principal investigators. Below are three newly funded programs.
DF/HCC-UMass Boston Partnership
The goal of the University of Massachusetts Boston and DF/HCC 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:
- Collaborative cancer research;
- Shared cancer training efforts; and
- Cancer outreach.
In February 2007, The Faith-Based Cancer Disparities Network was formed to develop educational materials and strategies for health ministries to assist us in the crusade against cancer. This partnership includes nine congregations along with other partners including Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. Together, we develop, plan, and implement effective faith-based cancer-related programming which will ultimately enhance awareness and reduce the unequal burden of the disease.
MassCONECT and PLANET MassCONECT: Bringing Resources to the Underserved
Funded in May 2005 to be an NCI Community Networks Program, this MassCONECT grant joins DF/HCC with community coalitions in three underserved Massachusetts cities —Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester— to eliminate cancer disparities through education, community-based participatory research, and training.
PLANET MassCONECT is an effort that has grown out of MassCONECT, serving as an online portal to give users a clear process for building evidence-based public health programs. Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), PLANET MassCONECT is testing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) model for disseminating evidenced-based health programs to community groups. Its name is a combination of the two important public health resources at its center; NCI's Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. and MassCONECT.