Cancer Resources for Researchers and the Community

Part 1: About Massachusetts and Its Residents

Information about Massachusetts, including demographic characteristics.

Description Source

Massachusetts Population Data Summary

https://datausa.io/profile/geo/massachusetts

Massachusetts Census Data

http://censusreporter.org/profiles/04000us25-massachusetts/

Massachusetts Statistics and Data

https://umb.libguides.com/stats/massachusettsstats

Race and Ethnicity in Massachusetts

https://statisticalatlas.com/state/Massachusetts/Race-and-Ethnicity

US Census: Massachusetts Quick Facts

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/MA/PST045218

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Part 2: About Cancer in Massachusetts and Beyond

Information about cancer rates and trends

Geography Data Sources Data Query Tools

Global

Global Cancer Observatory: https://gco.iarc.fr

Cancer Today: https://gco.iarc.fr/today/home

Cancer Tomorrow: https://gco.iarc.fr/tomorrow/home

US

ACS Cancer Facts and Statistics: https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics.html

ACS Cancer Statistics Center https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org

SEER: https://seer.cancer.gov/

SEER Data and Software: https://seer.cancer.gov/data-software/

SEER Cancer Statistics: https://seer.cancer.gov/statistics/

MA

State Cancer Profiles

https://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/index.html

Massachusetts Cancer Registry: https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-cancer-registry

Massachusetts State Cancer Registry Data Query Tool: https://www.cancer-rates.info/ma/

Boston

Health of Boston 2016-2017: Cancer

https://www.bphc.org/healthdata/health-of-boston-report/Documents/12_C9_Cancer_6-17_HOB_final-12.pdf

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Part 3: Understanding Cancer Risk Factors and the Environment

Information about cancer risk factors and environmental exposures

Resource

Description

Specific Activities and Sources

Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH)

https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/cressh/

CRESSH is a partnership between the Boston University School of Public Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that studies environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts. CRESSH is conducting three independent multidisciplinary projects that utilize the expertise of investigators in epidemiology, exposure science and cumulative risk assessment. We will focus on multi-stressor epidemiology for multiple health outcomes across the life course, exposure science addressing indoor-outdoor exposure patterns using novel sensors and modeling techniques, and quantitative approaches for cumulative risk assessment and disparities analyses that leverage epidemiological and exposure insights. The goal of CRESSH’s research is to understand how simultaneous exposures to multiple chemical stressors and their interactions with non-chemical stressors and social determinants of health lead to environmental health disparities at varying stages of life as measured by birth outcomes, childhood growth trajectories and cardiovascular mortality. CRESSH is part of the Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities (EHD) Research program.

Health Effects Across the Life course (HEAL) study.https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/cressh/project-1/

Home-based Observation and Monitoring Exposure (HOME) studyhttps://sites.sph.harvard.edu/cressh/project-2/

Mapping Spatial Patterns in Environmental Health Disparities (MAP-EHD) studyhttps://sites.sph.harvard.edu/cressh/project-3/

Center for Geospatial Analysis

https://gis.harvard.edu/home

The Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)'s core mission is to support research and teaching in all disciplines across Harvard University with emerging geospatial technologies. Working with entities across Harvard, the CGA strengthens university-wide geographic information systems (GIS) infrastructure and services; provides a common platform for the integration of spatial data from diverse sources and knowledge from multiple disciplines; enables scholarly research that would use, improve or study geospatial analysis techniques; and improves the ability to teach GIS and spatial analysis at all levels across the university.Combining consultation services, technical training and platform development, the Center enables a diverse range of research projects involving geospatial analysis. GIS solutions offerred range from general cartography and mapping, geographic data collection, processing and analysis, to spatial visualizations, webmaps, and web services. The CGA also actively promotes geographic reasoning and the use of GIS in the Harvard curriculum. Come to CGA for: access to hardware, software and data

  • training programs and technical workshops

  • individual research project consulting

  • curriculum support for Harvard courses

  • monthly seminars and colloquia, and an annual conference on GIS topics

  • tools for GIS applications and platforms for online collaborative research

Research Resources:https://gis.harvard.edu/services

Massachusetts Cancer Risk Factor Summaries

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/cancer-risk-factor-summaries

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Part 4: Guidance for and About the Community on Cancer

Resources of community members and researchers

Planet MassCONECT http://www.planetmassconect.org

PLANET MassCONECT was originally a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project that focused on building capacity in CBOs to find, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs (EBPs). The program grew out of MassCONECT (Massachusetts Community Networks to Eliminate Cancer Disparities through Education, Research, and Training), a community network funded by NCI to address cancer disparities in three Massachusetts cities (Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester).

Evidence-based program planning:

http://www.planetmassconect.org/steps

Additional Resources:

http://www.planetmassconect.org/index.php/additional-resources

Resource Finder:

http://www.planetmassconect.org/resource-finder

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Part 5: Community Health Needs Assessments

Reports of organizations that have studied the health needs of communities in our catchment area

Description Source

Massachusetts Health Network Areas

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/community-health-network-areas-chna-configuration

Boston CHNA-CHIP

http://www.bostonchna.org/PDF/BostonCHNA%20FINAL%20091319.pdf

http://www.bostonchna.org

Boston Cancer CHNA

http://www.bostonchna.org/PDF/BostonCHNA%20FINAL%20091319.pdf

CHNA18 - West Suburban Community Health Network

http://www.chna18.org

Public Health Institute Network of Western Massachusetts – Western MA CHNA

https://www.publichealthwm.org/what-we-do/research-evaluation/reports/community-health-needs-assessments

South Shore CHNA

https://www.southshorehealth.org/media/2395/download?disposition=inline

Boston Medical Center CHNA

https://www.bmc.org/sites/default/files/CHNA-less-Graphics-2.pdf

DFHCC Brigham and Women’s Hospital CHNA

https://www.brighamandwomens.org/about-bwh/community-health-equity/community-health-needs-assessment

DFHCC Boston Children’s Hospital CHNA

http://www.childrenshospital.org/about-us/community-mission/community-needs-assessment

DFHCC Massachusetts General Hospital CHNA

https://www.massgeneral.org/community-health/cchi

DFHCC Beth Israel Lahey CHNA

https://www.bidmc.org/-/media/files/beth-israel-org/about-bidmc/helping-our-community/community-initiatives/community-benefits/chna-report93019final.pdf

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Part 6: DFHCC Community Outreach and Engagement: Institutional Offices and Selected Cancer Activities

Offices in DFHCC institutions that partner with the CCEE to act on cancer health needs

Institution Institutional Resources

BCH

http://www.childrenshospital.org/about-us/community-mission

BIL

https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/helping-our-community

BWH

Center for Community Health and Health Equity: https://www.brighamandwomens.org/about-bwh/community-health-equity/center-for-community-health-and-health-equity

Connecting Hope, Assistance, and Treatment (CHAT) Program (Breast Cancer): https://www.brighamandwomens.org/about-bwh/community-health-equity/connecting-hope-assistance-and-treatment-chat-program

Open Doors to Health Colorectal Cancer Screening: https://www.brighamandwomens.org/about-bwh/community-health-equity/open-doors-to-health-colorectal-cancer-screening

DFCI

Community Outreach Office: https://www.dana-farber.org/about-us/community-outreach/

Dana Farber in the Community: https://www.dana-farber.org/legacy/uploadedfiles/library/about-us/community-outreach/comm-benefits-brochure.pdf

Cancer Care Equity Program: https://www.dana-farber.org/research/departments-centers-and-labs/departments-and-centers/cancer-care-equity-program/

Digital Mammography in the Community: https://www.dana-farber.org/about-us/community-outreach/mammography-van/

HPV Outreach Program: https://www.dana-farber.org/about-us/community-outreach/hpv-and-related-cancers-outreach-program/

HMS

Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnership: https://dicp.hms.harvard.edu

HSPH

Harvard Chan NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Community Outreach: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/niehs/community-engagement/for-community/ https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/niehs/community-engagement/for-community/

Implementation Science Center in Cancer Control Equity:https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/initiatives/ISC3.html

Partnership to Improve Community Health: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/projects/pich/

Prevention Research Center on Obesity and Physical Activity:https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/community-engagement/

MGH

MGH Community Health: https://www.massgeneral.org/community-health

Cancer Navigation Program:https://www.massgeneral.org/community-health/cchi/programs/cancer-patient-navigation

Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE):https://www.massgeneral.org/children/cease-tobacco/

Center for Community Health Improvement: https://www.massgeneral.org/community-health/cchi/

Collaborative Care and Community Engagement Program: https://www.massgeneral.org/cancer-center/patient-and-family-resources/supportive-care/collaborative-care-and-community-engagement/

Community Access Research and Engagement Center (CARE):https://www.massgeneral.org/research/division-clinical-research/centers-units-and-faculty/care

Kraft Center for Community Health: http://www.kraftcommunityhealth.org

Living Tobacco Free: https://www.massgeneral.org/community-health/cchi/community-health-associates/living-tobacco-free

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