Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition at The Ellie Fund

Eliminating Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes In Boston

The Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition is now hosted at Ellie Fund. This decision was made between the BBCEC Steering Committee and Ellie Fund’s Board of Directors as a result of discussions regarding a call for new leadership, sustainability, and financial longevity.

The mission of the coalition remains the same. We are committed to removing barriers in breast cancer care that contribute to disparities in outcomes for women in Boston.


The vision of the Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition is to eliminate the differences in breast cancer care and outcomes by promoting equity and excellence in care among all women in the City of Boston regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.

Advisory Committee

Karen Burns White, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Meredith Mendelson, Ellie Fund
Nekia Clark, Ellie Fund


Sharon Bak
Erica Bernstein
Olivia Achtmeyer Boger, Runway for Recovery
Rachel Freedman, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Tracy Battaglia, Boston Medical Center
Gretchell Foscaldo, Genentech
Susan Gershman, MA Department of Public Health
Chien-Chi Huang Asian Women for Health
Mark Kennedy, Boston Public Health Commission
Michele Lopez, Pink & Black
Kerri Medeiros, American Cancer Society
Beverly Moy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Kathryn Rigby, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Erica Warner, Massachusetts General Hospital

Organizational Members

American Cancer Society
Asian Women for Health
Boston Medical Center
Boston Public Health Commission
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Ellie Fund
MA Department of Public Health
Massachusetts General Hospital
Pink & Black
Runway for Recovery
We Can Row Boston
Wellness Warriors

We are still building our advisory committee. Please check back for additional members.

Interested in attending a meeting or becoming more involved? The BBCEC meets quarterly. Please contact Nekia Clark at

“Nationally, Black women under the age of 65 with breast cancer have a 78% higher death rate compared to white women, despite similar screening rates.”