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. Health equity data shows significant disparities in cancer status in the communities where The Kraft Center focuses its work.

Statewide, the prevalence of cancer is 45.68 per 1,000 people. In contrast, averages range from 60 to 106 per 1,000 in Kraft Center communities. The significance of these inequities creates an urgency to find new, out-of-box solutions.

For much of its cancer care equity programming, The Kraft Center is partnering with The Trefler Foundation to develop and execute innovative solutions to address disparities. Cancer care equity is an issue that is near and dear to both the Kraft and Trefler families. Please check out this interview between Robert Kraft and Alan Trefler, Founder and CEO of Pegasystems Inc., as they discuss the importance of cancer research and early detection.

In 2018, The Kraft Center is launching the Trefler Cancer Care Equity Grants Program to provide pilot funding to collaborative teams centering around community health centers in the Greater Boston area. These grants will enable community health centers to implement innovative, sustainable strategies to eliminate barriers to cancer screening and treatment for underserved populations. For more information, click here.

The Trefler Program for Cancer Care Equity also continues to support projects aimed at reducing disparities in treatment and outcomes in cancer care in the Greater Boston area and beyond. For more information on the most recent cancer care equity projects, click here.