In the City of Boston, inequities in breast cancer mortality have persisted among Black, non-Hispanic women compared to women of other racial/ethnic groups. These inequities were reported in a national study of breast cancer mortality in the largest U.S. cities (Hunt BR et al., Cancer Epidemiology, 2014 Apr. 38:118-23) and confirmed in local, more current data from the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts public health departments.
In early 2014, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute convened a meeting of a group of stakeholders to review available data and emerging research, and to discuss strategies to address the problem. From this stakeholder group, the Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition (BBCEC) was formed.
The Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of multidisciplinary stakeholders who have a history of collaboration which includes non-profits, government agencies and multiple institutions in Boston where breast cancer patients receive their care. Members include oncology and primary care physicians, patient navigators, public health policy makers; advocates, researchers and patients.