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.
The OOHD's goals include:
- 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
- Develop population specific outreach utilizing Geographic Information Systems mapping and other methods to identify high-risk and underserved areas in Harris County for outreach and education
- Develop academic partnerships to support the growth of our Community Arts Program
- Enhance enrollment of underrepresented minorities in clinical trials