In addition to the programmatic areas in cancer care equity, the opioid epidemic, and community health training, The Kraft Center has successfully obtained federal, foundation, and philanthropic support to develop several special initiatives:
- In 2014, with critical support from the Boston Foundation, the Center launched the First 1,000 Days Program, in coordination with the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the MGH Chelsea Health Center, MGH Revere Health Care Center, and DotHouse Health. The First 1,000 Days Program, led by Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, aims to improve the health and behavioral outcomes of families from pregnancy through age 2 by engaging providers from both clinical and community health services.
- In 2015, Pamela and Alan Trefler made a substantial donation to establish the Trefler Program for Cancer Equity at the Kraft Center. The Trefler Program has supported Kraft Center trainees working in the area of early detection and treatment of cancer among uniquely marginalized populations throughout Greater Boston.
In the coming years, The Kraft Center will continue to seek support to further develop innovative community health solutions. Additional programmatic areas and priorities will be informed by the findings of triennial Community Health Needs Assessments, and the work of Kraft Center Alumni and partners. To identify new areas and programs in future years, we will convene Community Health Strategy Forums. We will also use the forums to bring together a wide-range of leaders from community health, social entrepreneurs, academia, public and private sectors and philanthropy to crowd source ideas and develop solution prototypes. Leveraging the network of community health centers, other health care providers, insurers and other local partners, we will pilot and evaluate the most promising solutions locally and make these solutions scalable and ready to spread.
To explore new collaborative programs with the Kraft Center and to learn more about our upcoming Community Health Strategy Forums in 2018, please contact us.