Community engagement is crucial for the center’s success in improving health outcomes for women in the community. The center maintains its involvement with the community in two capacities. The first is the participation in community events like the local Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer to create a presence in the community. Second, the center focuses on involving the community in their research through the use of patient and community advisory boards to create interventions specific to the population.
As a part of the Bridging Research Infrastructure…Developing Genuine Engagement (BRI…DGE) Conference, the BE CLEAR: Bringing Education to Communities to Learn and Engage in Research aims to help researchers speak clearly and vividly about their work through improvisational theater techniques so that community members can understand their work.
In an effort to close the gap between researchers, patients, and community members from across Boston, funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Connecting Community to Research program trains community members to partner with current, local research initiatives.
The BU Clinical and Transitional Science Institute has been working with the BMC for over years. Under the leadership of Dr. Tracy Battaglia, the BU CTSI Community Engagement Program works to achieve health equality in our community. Through our partnership with the BU CTSI, the Women’s Health Unit has two community services to offer: the BE CLEAR training and the Connecting Community to Research program.
In 2014, the Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition was formed by a group of stakeholders in the Boston area. This coalition works together to address the inequities in breast cancer mortality rates among Black, non-Hispanic women that are most persistent in U.S. cities.