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.
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.
- 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.