Tracy A. Battaglia, MPH

Professor, Medicine

Tracy Battaglia
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center

Biography

Dr. Battaglia is a primary care clinician-investigator internationally recognized for her collaborative, innovative approaches to addressing health disparities among women historically marginalized. As director of the Women’s Health Unit and Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center, associate chief of research for GIM and co-director of community engagement for the BU Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), she has led the development of foundational infrastructure to support community-engaged methods in translational science. Her own research focuses on engaging with community to increase access to care for at-risk women, including ground-breaking work on the role of oncology patient navigators. Through her participation on several National Cancer Institute cooperative groups, she contributed to the 2012 Commission on Cancer Accreditation Standard requiring navigation services in cancer centers. As founding chair of the National Navigation Roundtable, she partners across sectors for sustainable navigation workforce. She currently leads a city-wide NIH study connecting multiple hospitals to reduce breast cancer disparities in Boston and contributed to two BU CTSI funding cycle renewals as well as Boston Medical Center’s participation in the HEALing Communities Study, an $89m award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to evaluate community-driven approaches to reduce opioid deaths in Massachusetts communities.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Associate Director for Clinical Sciences, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Director, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Associate Director, Belkin Breast Center, Boston Medical Center
  • Director, Community Engagement Core, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Boston University
  • Director, Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research Center, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Education

  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Boston University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 7/8/2022

    Rajabiun S, Xiao V, Bak S, Robbins C, Casanova N, Cabral HJ, Lemon SC, Haas JS, Freund KM, Battaglia T. Using community-engaged methods to develop a study protocol for a cost analysis of a multi-site patient navigation intervention for breast cancer care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jul 08; 22(1):881. PMID: 35804359.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Garfield KM, Franklin EF, Battaglia TA, Dwyer AJ, Freund KM, Wightman PD, Rohan EA. Evaluating the sustainability of patient navigation programs in oncology by length of existence, funding, and payment model participation. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2578-2589. PMID: 35699609.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Casanova NL, LeClair AM, Xiao V, Mullikin KR, Lemon SC, Freund KM, Haas JS, Freedman RA, Battaglia TA. Development of a workflow process mapping protocol to inform the implementation of regional patient navigation programs in breast oncology. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2649-2658. PMID: 35699611.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Battaglia TA, Zhang X, Dwyer AJ, Rush CH, Paskett ED. Change agents in the oncology workforce: Let's be clear about community health workers and patient navigators. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2664-2668. PMID: 35699614.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Garcia-Alcaraz C, Roesch SC, Calhoun E, Wightman P, Mohan P, Battaglia TA, Cobian Aguilar R, Valverde PA, Wells KJ. Exploring classes of cancer patient navigators and determinants of navigator role retention. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2590-2600. PMID: 35699613.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Battaglia TA, Fleisher L, Dwyer AJ, Wiatrek DE, Wells KJ, Wightman P, Strusowski T, Calhoun E. Barriers and opportunities to measuring oncology patient navigation impact: Results from the National Navigation Roundtable survey. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2568-2577. PMID: 35699612.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Dwyer AJ, Wender RC, Weltzien ES, Dean MS, Sharpe K, Fleisher L, Burhansstipanov L, Johnson W, Martinez L, Wiatrek DE, Calhoun E, Battaglia TA. Collective pursuit for equity in cancer care: The National Navigation Roundtable. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2561-2567. PMID: 35699616.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Battaglia TA, Gunn CM, Bak SM, Flacks J, Nelson KP, Wang N, Ko NY, Morton SJ. Patient navigation to address sociolegal barriers for patients with cancer: A comparative-effectiveness study. Cancer. 2022 Jul 01; 128 Suppl 13:2623-2635. PMID: 35699610.

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  • Published on 5/21/2022

    Loo S, Mullikin K, Robbins C, Xiao V, Battaglia TA, Lemon SC, Gunn C. Patient navigator team perceptions on the implementation of a citywide breast cancer patient navigation protocol: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 May 21; 22(1):683. PMID: 35597947.

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  • Published on 3/19/2022

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. A letter is not enough: Women's preferences for and experiences of receiving breast density information. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Jul; 105(7):2450-2456. PMID: 35534300.

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