About CCEE

Our Mission

Ensuring the work and research of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center reduce cancer burden and inequity for all Massachusetts residents.

The Center for Cancer Equity and Engagement (CCEE) partners with organizations across the state to address cancer disparities and increase access to cancer care. We work to connect DF/HCC research faculty directly with communities to bridge the gap of access between researchers/providers and community members. We believe that the bi-directional relationship between communities and institutions that provide cancer care is essential to reducing cancer disparities in our state.

Through our partnerships with organizations and communities, we aim to facilitate the dissemination of DF/HCC research findings and evidence-based programs to benefit all communities across the state. We are also dedicated to linking communities with the resources available across the DF/HCC member institutions. Where possible, we seek to support the ongoing efforts of community, faith-based, and state-wide organizations working to address cancer inequity.

Steering Committee

The CCEE steering committee is comprised of leaders representing each institution of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The steering committee guides the activities of the CCEE to ensure that work and research across the cancer center addresses the needs of our community.

Bruce Chabner - Director of Clinical Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

Magnolia Contreras - Vice President for Community Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Karen EmmonsProfessor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Rachel FreedmanPhysician, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Nancy Kasen - Vice President of Community Initiatives, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beverly Moy - Clinical Director, Breast Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joan Reed - Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships, Harvard Medical School

Vish Viswanath - Professor of Health Communication, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Community Engagement Advisory Board

Our Community Engagement Advisory Board is made up community and health advocates from across Massachusetts, including:

Milagros Abreu - Latino Health Insurance Program, Framingham, MA

Leon Bethune - Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA

Susan Chaityn-Lebovits - Boston Cancer Support, Boston, MA

Thomas Farrington - Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), Quincy, MA

Stephanie Harriston Diggs - Boston Community Advocate, Boston, MA

Jennifer Potter - Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA

Frank Robinson - Vice President, Public Health, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

Lamont Scott - Men of Color Health Awareness (M.O.C.H.A), Springfield, MA

Risa Silverman - Western Mass. Health Equity Network, Amherst, MA

Sam Wong - City of Framingham, Public Health Department, Framingham, MA