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Expanding equitable access to critical care

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Spring 2024
By Stephanie Lowitt

Last year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) generously provided $155,000 to support Dana-Farber’s inclusion, diversity, and equity work to ensure equitable health outcomes for all. The foundation’s partnership is helping to reduce barriers to care, to promote breast health education, and to ensure historically underserved patients have timely access to medical and logistical support.

The funding fully supports a breast cancer patient navigator position, a role that serves as a lifeline for patients, ensuring that they understand their diagnosis and what treatment options are available, and safeguards integrated care throughout their treatment. The navigator acts as a liaison to help make certain that highly prevalent socioeconomic barriers do not act as a deterrent to patients’ completion of treatment or the quality of care that they receive.

NBCF’s generosity is further helping remove barriers to care through patient assistance funds, enabling critical interventions to address the basic needs of breast cancer patients including food and transportation support. This gift also supports Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van, the only mobile digital mammography van in Massachusetts, which brings state-of-the-art breast cancer screenings and breast health education directly to medically underserved individuals throughout Greater Boston. Since 2002, the van has provided more than 43,000 mammograms.

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