Jessica graduated from the Ryerson University School of Journalism in June 2015. She currently works as a writer, content developer, and mentor for OWLware Ltd, in Toronto Ontario.
As a person with moderate Cerebral Palsy, Jessica has a passion for disability advocacy and using her work to promote disability awareness and accessibility.
She is a patient advisor and co-investigator for CP-NET and CanChild, as well, as a recently retired member of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT). Jessica also loves travel and music, especially attending concerts.
Dr. Battaglia is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health where she serves as the Director of the Women’s Health Unit, a DHHS designated Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. As a practicing internist and breast health specialist at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net medical center in New England, her approach to addressing health disparities focuses largely on engaging the community as partners in action-oriented research.
She has 20 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating health interventions that use community-engaged research methods in pursuit of health equity. A pioneer in the development of oncology Patient Navigation programs that target under-resourced cancer patients, Dr. Battaglia has contributed to the scientific evidence solidifying the impact of navigation on reducing delays across the continuum of cancer care.
As Director of the Community Engagement Program for the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), she is responsible for creating a research environment that supports community engagement in all aspects of translational science. She is currently leading a cooperative study funded by the National Center to Advance Translational Science (NCATS) in partnership with the four Massachusetts CTSI hubs (Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts) to support a City-wide dissemination study to reduce breast cancer disparities through a patient navigation network.
Her own experience as a two time cancer survivor fuels her passion for community-informed and action-oriented research. She currently serves as the founding Chair of the National Navigation Roundtable, a collaborative of over 50 member organizations whose collective goal is to ensure navigation services are available to all those cancer patients in need.