Office of Outreach and Health Disparities

The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine established the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities to ensure that the large, diverse and underserved population of Houston/Harris County receives the latest information about cancer prevention and treatment. The primary goal is to increase community-level awareness of cancer and cancer screening.

The OOHD believes outreach and involvement is vital to the community so that information can be shared about cancer treatment and prevention. It has created successful events, programs and educational tools for a range of audiences.

Successful initiatives include partnering with students from the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, where students designed and decorated Toni the Healthy Eating Cart to participate in the Art Car Parade. OOHD also provides education on healthy eating, putting on theater performances intended to educate on cancer prevention and treatment, and promoting user-friendly educational resources.

Theater Outreach Program - Calendar of Events

Date and Time

Type of Monologue


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
10 a.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Magnolia Multi-Service Center
7037 Capitol St. Houston, TX 77011

Friday, March 23, 2018
10:30 a.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (English)

Third Ward Multi-Service Center 
3611 Ennis

Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, March 24, 2018

10 a.m.

Breast Cancer Monologue (English)

The Cathedral of Life

255 Airtex Houston, TX 77090

Saturday, March 24, 2018
12:30 p.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Comunidad en Acción

SW Multi Service Center

6400 High Star Dr. Houston, TX 77074


Monday, April 9, 2018
11 a.m.

HPV Vaccine Monologue (Spanish)

Southwest Multi-Service Center

6400 High Star Dr. Houston, TX 77074

Friday, April 13, 2018
10 a.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Southwest Senior Center

6400 High Star Dr. Houston, TX 77074

Saturday, April 14, 2018

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Colorectal, Cervical, and Breast Cancer Monologues (English)

Pisidia Missionary Baptist Church

4610 Aledo Houston, TX 77051

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Colorectal, Cervical, and Breast Cancer Monologues (English)

Metropolitan CME Church Health Fair
8955 South Freeway @ Reed Rd.
Houston, TX 77051

Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Treatment Resources

The OOHD strives to be an educational resource for cancer screening, awareness, and treatment decisions. We offer interactive multimedia programs to explore cancer screening and treatment decisions, free printable educational activities to increase awareness about cancer prevention among school-aged children, and more.

The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities focuses on creating community-based programs and activities that target minority populations to address cancer health disparities affecting those populations.

Under the leadership of Maria L. Jibaja-Weiss, Ed.D. the OOHD collaborates with the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program to effectively develop and disseminate research-based solutions to prevent and reduce cancer health disparities in the greater Houston community, and throughout Texas.

OOHD Goals

  • Conduct implementation science research to integrate evidence-based cancer screening interventions into current healthcare practice within our catchment area
  • Develop and implement targeted strategies for outreach and education of high-risk and medically underserved populations in Harris County
  • Develop and publish culturally and linguistically appropriate cancer prevention education materials for patients and the public
  • Promote knowledge and awareness of cancer prevention and education
  • Maximize collaboration and partnerships with community agencies and schools in underserved areas in order to build capacity to address cancer disparities
  • Enhance enrollment of underrepresented minorities in clinical trials

National Outreach Network Community Health Educator Facilitated Initiative        

The OOHD at Baylor's DLDCCC was awarded a three-year supplement grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund a National Outreach Network Community Health Educator facilitated cancer prevention program. As part of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, the NON strengthens the ability of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information that is tailored to the specific needs and expectations of underserved communities through CHEs.

The NON CHE program aims to improve the awareness and attitudes of preventing cancer through HPV vaccination in underserved Spanish speaking Latino parents of adolescent children. The program acts as an extension of the Theater Outreach Program and consists of a Spanish language monologue written by a professional playwright and developed with the help of Clinical and Community Advisory Boards.

At each event, the monologue is performed by a professional actress and is followed by a question and answer discussion with the audience and the CHE. Additionally, we will be a part of NCI’s Screen to Save Initiative this year that aims to improve screening rates for colorectal cancer across the country.