The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital is focused on leading innovation in community health. Below examples of Kraft Center programming to forward this goal:
Community Care in Reach® Mobile Health Initiative:
Community Care in Reach® is an innovative mobile health program that brings together partners in preventive care, addiction services, and harm reduction to serve individuals not well-connected to health care, experiencing homelessness and/or battling addiction. CareZONE, the Boston-based branch of Community Care in Reach®, currently serves the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Downtown Boston, and Fenway.
Using an innovative partnership model, Community Care in Reach® combats the opioid epidemic with accessible, on-demand care. Experienced staff from Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and the Boston Public Health Commission’s AHOPE program provide a range of services on the CareZONE van and connect patients to community health centers, treatment programs, or specialty care.
Cancer Care Equity:
In the communities where The Kraft Center focuses its work, there are significant cancer-related inequities in diagnosis, treatment and mortality, among traditionally marginalized populations including: those who are homeless, have a mental illness, live in poverty or belong to a racial or ethnic minority. The significance of these inequities creates an urgency to find new, out-of-the-box solutions. In 2018, The Kraft Center announced the launch of a new slate of projects aimed at reducing disparities in treatment and outcomes in cancer care in the Greater Boston area and beyond. With generous support from Pamela and Alan Trefler and The Trefler Foundation, these initiatives are led by both The Kraft Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, and aim to improve cancer care equity in underserved communities through community-based engagement and interventions, with a focus on innovative, sustainable solutions.
In 2018, the Center also announced the launch of the Trefler Cancer Care Equity Grants Program, which provided pilot funding to collaborative teams in Greater Boston area community health centers. These grants enabled community health centers to implement innovative, sustainable strategies to eliminate barriers to cancer screening and treatment for underserved populations. Building off the success of this pilot program, in the fall of 2019, The Kraft Center received a 5 year grant to launch The Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity (ISCCCE). This statewide center allows for rapid-cycle testing of innovative approaches to cancer prevention and control in settings that serve populations with health disparities.
Community Health Training:
Building upon the network of The Kraft Center alumni established during The Center’s first five years, The Kraft Center annually sponsors a summer internship opportunity for local students who are interested in pursuing jobs in the field of community health, continuing the proud tradition of cultivating future community health leaders.