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Outside Our Walls: the Case for City-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Disparities

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Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Neoplasms | Race and Ethnicity | Translational Medical Research | Women's Health


Boston, Massachusetts (MA), is known for its world-class health care institutions and groundbreaking therapies, including cancer. Yet the unfortunate reality is that these resources do not effectively reach all city residents. In a national study examining race-specific breast cancer mortality rates in the 50 largest US cities, Boston had the fifth highest Black-White disparity in breast cancer mortality. The most recent data from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) found that the premature breast cancer mortality rate was 78% higher for Black than for White women (14.1 vs. 7.9 per 100,000).


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Haas JS, Lemon SC, Freund KM, Battaglia TA; Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Consortium Writing Group. Outside Our Walls: the Case for City-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Disparities. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jul 27. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06006-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32720235. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of general internal medicine

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