Engage Initiative Mission

People with mental illness are often NOT seen. Being invisible contributes to dying earlier and more frequently from cancer. We need to open our eyes and work together to bridge the divide between cancer and mental illness to save lives and decrease suffering. We are building a community network that engages diverse voices to promote equity in cancer care and research. We commit to:

  1.  Make mental illness visible through education and advocacy
  2. Increase access to timely, high quality, integrated mental illness and cancer care
  3. Improve the cancer care experience and health outcomes for individuals with mental illness and their caregivers
  4. Conduct and disseminate research that matters to patients, caregivers, and clinicians
  5. Improve our healthcare system through targeted policy change

Meet the Team

We are led by a community-based Stakeholder Board that includes a diverse coalition of clinicians, researchers, caregivers, persons with lived experience, and advocates. Our Stakeholder Board identifies key priorities, explores opportunities for engagement, and builds partnerships to ensure that mental illness is never a barrier to cancer care.

Amy Corveleyn

Efren J. Flores

Ben Macri

Beriline Akwe

Shukriyah Brown

Catherine Pappano

Maura Barry

Keenae Tiersma

Emily Gorton

Amy Yoon Jin Lee

Get Involved

“Being able to directly engage with [patient’s ] MGH team was the first time in a long time, I felt supported when it came to the needs of the people I serve.” ~ Shukriyah Brown