Health Communication Core

The DF/HCC Health Communication Core (HCC) provides professional, evidence-based, creative communication support to DF/HCC investigators working to advance cancer prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care. More than ever, cancer research requires successful, cost-effective communication to support recruitment, retention, education, and dissemination activities.

Meeting this need, HCC provides easy access to complete communication-related consultation and services to DF/HCC investigators who are applying for grant funding, launching new studies, or translating science into practice.

HCC’s team of experienced health communication professionals can help investigators develop, produce, and test communication materials and strategies. HCC also provides a multi-media facility for use by investigators conducting communication research.


  • Consultation
  • Planning, budgets for grant applications
  • Communication strategy development
  • Recruitment, retention, intervention, and education materials
  • Website/mobile/app development and hosting for labs, cores, and research projects
  • Identity, naming, and logo development
  • Social media and outreach strategies
  • Communication research facility for focus groups and usability testing

Highlighted Projects

Project Title: Young and Strong RCT
Principal Investigator: 
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH (DFCI) 
Description of the Project: Print and online materials for young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and for their clinicians, to increase access to information about fertility and other age-relevant issues. See
Contribution of the Core:
 HCC developed the intervention’s print and online materials. Services included branding, content development, graphic design, print production, and web development for two password-protected sites for participants (control and intervention) with supplemental clinician-only information. 

Project Title: Advancing Survivors’ Knowledge (ASK) About Skin Cancer
Principal Investigator:
 Alan Geller, MPH, RN (HSPH) 
Description of the Project:
 Study naming and logo, print materials, website, mobile site, and text messages for adult survivors of childhood cancer, to promote early detection of skin cancer. Also developed a secure image repository of images taken by participants using a dermoscopic lens on their smartphones for review by the study’s dermatologist. See
Contribution of the Core: HCC created the study name and logo, print materials for participants and physicians, a website, a mobile site, and a secure online repository where participants submit images using a dermascopic lens on their smartphones for review by the study dermatologist.

Project Title: All the Right Moves
Principal Investigator:
 Jack Dennerlein, PhD (HSPH) 
Description of the Project:
 Study naming and logo, print materials for construction workers, and online repository of visual reports taken by site safety managers using their smartphones. See
Contribution of the Core: 
HCC created the study name and logo, print materials for construction workers, and a password-protected online repository of image- and text-based reports submitted by site safety managers via their smartphones.


If research supported by this core facility results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):
"We thank Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, MA, for the use of the Health Communication Core, which provided __________ service. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is supported in part by a NCI Cancer Center Support Grant # NIH 5 P30 CA06516."