Massachusetts Community Networks to Eliminate Cancer Disparities Through Education, Research, and Training
The Massachusetts Community Networks to Eliminate Cancer Disparities Through Education, Research, and Training (MASS CONECT) is a comprehensive program that unites the Harvard School of Public Health1, the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and multiple community partners in three urban Massachusetts communities of low socioeconomic position (SEP). MASS CONECT will advance cancer education, community-based participatory research, training (for junior faculty, grassroots leaders, and the media), and cancer control services to develop effective ways to reduce cancer disparities.
The project's specific objectives are to: (1) improve data on community-level cancer disparities; (2) provide leadership, education, and training through coalitions with respected community groups; (3) educate local media to increase their coverage of cancer disparities; (4) promote access to cancer control and treatment services; (5) provide needs assessments that will lead to a community-specific plan to address gaps; (6) evaluate outcomes related to cancer disparities in the target communities; and (7) establish and expand relationships with NCI Divisions and NCI-supported initiatives.
- The Harvard University School of Public Health, founded in 1922, grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, the nation's first graduate training program in public health. Its goal is to advance the public's health by providing the highest level of education to public health scientists, practitioners, and leaders; fostering new discoveries leading to improved health; strengthening health capacities and services for communities; informing policy debate; disseminating health information; and increasing awareness of public health for the public good and as a fundamental right.