Women’s Health Network
The Women’s Health Network is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health program aimed at helping women receive screenings for breast and cervical cancer. This program supports BMC patients by providing breast and cervical health education, patient navigation, and support for breast and cervical screenings and follow-ups.
Connecting Community to Research Training Program Toolkit
In July 2015, our team at Boston University and Boston Medial Center partnered with a Community Advisory Board to design a training curriculum for community members who are ready and willing to partner in health research. The Connecting Community to Research (CCR) training introduces trainees to basic research concepts, highlights opportunities to partner with researchers, and emphasizes storytelling skills as a way to contribute to the health and wellness of communities.
The Connecting Community to Research Toolkit allows any community engaged research partnership to customize and deliver the training themselves. Click here to fill out a short form and download the Connecting Community to Research toolkit.
Avon and Boston Medical Center Patient Navigator Toolkit
Since it’s inception in 2001, the AVON Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center has provided breast health navigation services for more than 20,000 women, most of who are in low-income households and/or members of racial/ethnic minorities. This toolkit is designed to help you plan and implement a Patient Navigation program with the best chance of reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes for your patients. Click here to access this toolkit.
Using techniques inspired by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Nikki Spencer and Jennifer Pamphile demonstrate ways of reframing research to be community-oriented, conversational, and accessible without “dumbing it down.” These techniques have been used to build interest in community engagement, develop community advisory panels, and aid study recruitment – among other applications.
In this BU Med Podcast, Amy Fitzpatrick, MD, of BMC’s Belkin Breast Health Center and Dr. Christine Gunn, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University discuss how BMC is committed to to helping you understand what it means to have dense breasts and what you can do to ensure you are screened properly.
Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition
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.