Tracy A. Battaglia, MPH

Adjunct Professor, Medicine

Tracy Battaglia
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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 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


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


  • Published on 6/16/2024

    Samet JH, El-Bassel N, Winhusen TJ, Jackson RD, Oga EA, Chandler RK, Villani J, Freisthler B, Adams J, Aldridge A, Angerame A, Babineau DC, Bagley SM, Baker TJ, Balvanz P, Barbosa C, Barocas J, Battaglia TA, Beard DD, Beers D, Blevins D, Bove N, Bridden C, Brown JL, Bush HM, Bush JL, Caldwell R, Calver K, Calvert D, Campbell ANC, Carpenter J, Caspar R, Chassler D, Chaya J, Cheng DM, Cunningham CO, Dasgupta A, David JL, Davis A, Dean T, Drainoni ML, Eggleston B, Fanucchi LC, Feaster DJ, Fernandez S, Figueroa W, Freedman DA, Freeman PR, Freiermuth CE, Friedlander E, Gelberg KH, Gibson EB, Gilbert L, Glasgow L, Goddard-Eckrich DA, Gomori S, Gruss DE, Gulley J, Gutnick D, Hall ME, Harger Dykes N, Hargrove SL, Harlow K, Harris A, Harris D, Helme DW, Holloway J, Hotchkiss J, Huang T, Huerta TR, Hunt T, Hyder A, Ingram VL, Ingram T, Kauffman E, Kimball JL, Kinnard EN, Knott C, Knudsen HK, Konstan MW, Kosakowski S, Larochelle MR, Leaver HM, LeBaron PA, Lefebvre RC, Levin FR, Lewis N, Lewis N, Lofwall MR, Lounsbury DW, Luster JE, Lyons MS, Mack A, Marks KR, Marquesano S, Mauk R, McAlearney AS, McConnell K, McGladrey ML, McMullan J, Miles J, Munoz Lopez R, Nelson A, Neufeld JL, Newman L, Nguyen TQ, Nunes EV, Oller DA, Oser CB, Oyler DR, Pagnano S, Parran TV, Powell J, Powers K, Ralston W, Ramsey K, Rapkin BD, Reynolds JG, Roberts MF, Robertson W, Rock P, Rodgers E, Rodriguez S, Rudorf M, Ryan S, Salsberry P, Salvage M, Sabounchi N, Saucier M, Savitzky C, Schackman B, Schady E, Seiber EE, Shadwick A, Shoben A, Slater MD, Slavova S, Speer D, Sprunger J, Starbird LE, Staton M, Stein MD, Stevens-Watkins DJ, Stopka TJ, Sullivan A, Surratt HL, Sword Cruz R, Talbert JC, Taylor JL, Thompson KL, Vandergrift N, Vickers-Smith RA, Vietze DJ, Walker DM, Walley AY, Walters ST, Weiss R, Westgate PM, Wu E, Young AM, Zarkin GA, Walsh SL. Community-Based Cluster-Randomized Trial to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths. N Engl J Med. 2024 Jun 16. PMID: 38884347.

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  • Published on 6/15/2024

    Murray Horwitz ME, Brédy GS, Schemm J, Battaglia TA, Yarrington CD, McCloskey L. Primary Care After Pregnancy Survey: Patient Preferences, Health Concerns, and Anticipated Barriers. Matern Child Health J. 2024 Jun 15. PMID: 38878260.

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  • Published on 6/8/2024

    Howard EC, Murray Horwitz ME, Gunn CM, Bak S, Nelson KP, Morton S, Flacks-Dunning JG, Battaglia TA. Burden and trajectory of social needs after breast cancer diagnosis at a safety-net hospital. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2024 Jun 08. PMID: 38851661.

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  • Published on 3/25/2024

    Sprague Martinez L, Araujo Brinkerhoff C, Howard RC, Feldman JA, Kobetz E, White JT, Tumiel Berhalter L, Bilheimer A, Hoffman M, Isasi CR, Killough C, Martinez J, Chesley J, Baig AA, Foy C, Islam N, Petruse A, Rosales C, Kipke MD, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Battaglia TA, Lobb R. Strategies to promote language inclusion at 17 CTSA hubs. J Clin Transl Sci. 2024; 8(1):e67. PMID: 38690228.

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  • Published on 3/12/2024

    Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Donelan K, Perez GK, McDonald A, Bliss CC, Foor A, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Waters AR, Durieux N, Leisenring W, Armstrong GT, Ponzani C, Lopez A, Vaca Lopez PL, Battaglia T, Galbraith AA, Kuhlthau KA. Health Insurance Navigation Tools Intervention: A Pilot Trial Within the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JCO Oncol Pract. 2024 Jul; 20(7):953-963. PMID: 38471048.

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  • Published on 12/12/2023

    Murray Horwitz ME, Saradjha Brédy G, Schemm JA, Battaglia TA. Strategies for Recruiting a Diverse Postpartum Survey Sample. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Dec 12. PMID: 38085464.

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  • Published on 11/23/2023

    Bosak J, Drainoni ML, Christopher M, Medley B, Rodriguez S, Bell S, Kim E, Stotz C, Hamilton G, Bigsby C, Gillen F, Kimball J, McClay C, Powers K, Walt G, Battaglia T, Chassler D, Sprague Martinez L, Lunze K. Community advisory board members' perspectives on their contributions to a large multistate cluster RCT: a mixed methods study. J Clin Transl Sci. 2024; 8(1):e1. PMID: 38384918.

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  • Published on 11/19/2023

    Blakeslee SB, Gunn CM, Parker PA, Fagerlin A, Battaglia T, Bevers TB, Bandos H, McCaskill-Stevens W, Kennedy JW, Holmberg C. Talking numbers: how women and providers use risk scores during and after risk counseling - a qualitative investigation from the NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1 study. BMJ Open. 2023 Nov 19; 13(11):e073138. PMID: 37984961.

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  • Published on 11/16/2023

    Sprague Martinez L, Howard RC, Schotland M, Lobb R, Battaglia T, Stone S, Auerswald C, Ozer E. Community engagement and financial arrangements: Navigating institutional change. J Clin Transl Sci. 2023; 7(1):e261. PMID: 38229900.

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  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Sociodemographic Variations in Women's Reports of Discussions With Clinicians About Breast Density. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Nov 01; 6(11):e2344850. PMID: 38010653.

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