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.

Community Outreach Calendar of Events

Date and Time

Type of Activity


Friday, Oct. 4, 2019          

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

East Aldine

3000 Aldine Mail Rte Rd,
Houston, TX 77039

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
6 p.m.

Cervical Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Legacy Room at Houston City Hall
901 Bagby St, Houston,
Texas 77002

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Beneke Elementary Fall Festival Health Fair
(HPV Monologue - Spanish)

Beneke Elementary                
3840 Briarchase Dr.
Houston, Texas 77014

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019  

7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Monologues (Spanish)

Fiesta de Salud DML

Harris County Public Health Southeast
3737 Red Bluff Rd.                    
Pasadena, TX 77503

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Harris Health System Community for Better Health:
Cancer Screening, Prevention & Awareness Fair
Colorectal Cancer Monologue

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Health Center
3550 Swingle Rd.
Houston, TX 77047

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019

3 pm

Women's Breast Cancer Awareness and Survivor Retreat
Breast Cancer Monologue

Israel Missionary Baptist Church
7805 Darlington Dr.
Houston, TX 77028

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:30 a.m.

Breast Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Peruvian Consulate
5177 Richmond Ave. Suite 695
Houston, TX. 77056

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019

11 a.m.

Breast Cancer Monologue (English)

Greater New Canaan Baptist Church
7518 Bywood,
Houston, TX 77028

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Strong Finish 6th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fair
Breast Cancer Monologue

Emancipation Community Center
3018 Emancipation Ave.,
Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
10:30 a.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (English)

Mountain Fellowship Church
3115 Alabama Street  
Houston 77004

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
10:30 a.m.

HPV Vaccine Monologue (Spanish)

Mexican Consulate                  
4506 Caroline St.            
Houston, TX 77004

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019                                      
8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Monologues (Spanish)

Centro Cristiano Fe y Restauracion
13332 Luthe Road
Houston, TX 77039

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019

7 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Walk/Run

BCM McNair Campus
7123 Staffordshire,
Houston, TX 77030

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019              
10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Breast and Colorectal Cancer Monologues (English)

Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center                                         3810 W. Fuqua St.              
Houston, TX 77045

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., director, and Jane Montealegre, Ph.D., deputy director, 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.