The Partnership’s Outreach Core (OC) builds capacity in community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) for using evidence-based programs and strategies for health promotion.

Using a community-engaged approach, the OC is led by faculty and staff from UMass Boston and DF/HCC, in collaboration with a Community Advisory Board, which includes representatives from:

Partnership offerings for community- and faith-based organizations

Host a UMass Boston student trainee as an intern at your organization and support the next generation of community-engaged researchers.

Join us for a training (or host a training) to learn more about evidence-based programs and how they may be of use in your organization. Learn more at

Take part in a Community Science Café. Our Community Science Cafes include opportunities to:

  • Share your thoughts about your community’s needs for cancer prevention
  • Connect locally to learn about exciting ways in which the research community is addressing local health needs
  • Highlight local action for social justice

Access Partnership research findings that are relevant to your community. Click here or download PDFs of our research briefs:

Get help with program planning. PLANET MassCONECT is a free, regularly updated, online resource that supports evidence-based program planning in community- and faith-based organizations.

The Planet portal is built around a systematic approach to help program planners find, choose, and adapt evidence-based health programs. Resources include data to identify community needs, links to evidence summaries (such as the Community Guide), considerations for partnerships, support for choosing and adapting an evidence-based program, and guidance for evaluation.

Its Resource Finder tool supports targeted searches of the wide range of databases and resources available through the portal. Cancer is an important focus, but other health topics of concern to partner communities, such as mental health, are also addressed. For Boston and Massachusetts users, the portal also includes useful information on local funding opportunities, research, and events.

Stay tuned for future offerings.

For more information, contact Sara Minsky at