Cancer death rates in Boston are notably higher when compared to the rest of Massachusetts, and studies have shown that there is a level of mistrust of large cancer centers in communities of color in Boston.
This project, a collaborative effort between the MGH Cancer Center and Boston Medical Center (BMC), aims to increase cancer screening and care capacity at community health centers (CHCs) to reach those who might not otherwise access services through large cancer centers. The program will consist of a formal lecture series for staff at participating CHCs developed and executed by program leaders at both MGH and BMC, development of an online portal that provides access to course materials, as well as a means by which CHCs can link directly to oncology specialists at any time.
Dr. Naomi Ko will serve as principle investigator on this two year program. Dr. Ko is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her research interests include cancer disparities and health outcomes research.