Faith Based Cancer Disparities Network
Recognizing that people of color bear an unequal burden of cancer, in 2006, BIDMC helped found a new alliance, The Faith-Based Cancer Disparities Network (the Network) A collaborative effort with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and The Black Ministerial Alliance, BIDMC now partners with nine churches to support the churches' educational outreach campaigns and bring new programming into the community.
The Network designed a scripture based series, The Choice is Yours, that was inserted monthly into church bulletins. Bible bookmarks, posters, lecture series, and youth outreach programs are also strategies that the Network uses to raise awareness of cancer, encouraging church congregants to be screened for early detection of cancer. The Network is equally concerned with promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing disease. Several churches implemented Body and Soul, the American Cancer Society's curriculum for healthy eating, after attending educational sessions sponsored by the Network
Each April, in commemoration of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, the Network sponsors a Week of Prayer and Healing to support cancer survivors and remember those who succumbed to the disease. A library display also rotates among Boston Public Libraries, extending the Network's efforts to encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce cancer in the community.
Click here to view:
Week of Prayer for the Healing of Cancer flyer
Colon Screening poster