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 Calendar of Events

Date and Time 

Program Type and Language


Saturday, July 21, 2018
7 p.m.

Colorectal Cancer Monologue (Spanish)

Sandra 's Party Hall
11300 West Rd.
Houston, TX 77065

Saturday, July 28, 2018
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cervical and Breast Cancer Monologues (English)

Braeswood Assembly of God Church
10611 Fondren Rd.  
Houston, TX 77096

August 2018

Colon Cancer Coalition Fundraiser 

Duck Donuts 
3157 W Holcombe Blvd. 
Houston, TX 77025

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cervical, Colorectal, and Breast Cancer Monologues (English)

Walls Chapel AME Zion Church
4215 Hull St. 
Houston, TX 77021

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
10 a.m.

Breast Cancer Monologue  (Spanish)

Comunidad Cristiana Vida
6000 Heatherbrook Dr.  
Houston, TX 77085

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccine Monologues (Spanish)

San José Clinic
2615 Fannin St. 
Houston, TX 77002

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Get Your Rear in Gear Colorectal Cancer Awareness 5k Walk/Run

Baylor College of Medicine
McNair Campus
7200 Cambridge  
Houston, TX 77030

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.