Cancer Disparities Capacity Building Pilot Project

Dates: 2016-2017

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Health Disparities


As the leading cause of death in Massachusetts, cancer claims approximately 13,000 lives annually. Racial and socioeconomic disparities continue to impact cancer incidence and mortality in Massachusetts. To address this growing problem, JSI is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Division of Prevention and Wellness’ Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network (MCCPCN) and its Disparities/Health Equity Work Group plan to implement cancer disparity strategies according to the five-year Massachusetts’ Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan, 2012-2016. This Plan cites access to screening and timely diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and survivorship as a few of the many elements contributing to cancer inequities.

JSI is overseeing grants to three community-based organizations in the priority regions selected through a competitive bid process. Technical assistance is being provided to help grantees develop their own capacity to conduct area cancer disparities/health equity needs assessments that engage at-risk populations and diverse area stakeholders to identify needs, barriers, and opportunities. The assessments will be used to recommend targeted, evidence-based strategies that grantees and their regional stakeholders can use to address risk factors, promote wellness, and improve access to screening and care.