Community Advisory Council


The Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Research work in collaboration with the Community Advisory Council  that is comprised of members representing the Wards of the District with a particular focus on those areas East of the River, neighborhood residents, community- based physicians, non-profit and community organizations, churches, media and government officials. With input from our council members, we are able to conduct focus groups and needs assessments to ensure that the community needs are accurately depicted and understood regarding their health experience so that appropriate scientific research are taken.




Brenda Richardson (Chair)

Chozen Consulting

Community Engagement & Government Relations

Melvin Gaskins, MD (Vice Chair)

Private Practice

Community Based  Physician

Carolyn ‘Bo’ Aldige

Prevent Cancer Foundation


Brenda Atkinson-Willoughby

Office of External Relations, Georgetown University

Government Relations

Dionne Brown

Private Consulting


Doris Browne, MD, MPH

Browne and Associates, Inc.

Healthcare Delivery

Dennis Chestnut

Groundwork Anacostia River, DC

Community Leader

Yolanda Fleming

National Medical Association

Clinical Research Participation

Victoria Girard

Professor of Law, Georgetown University


Thelma Jones ACS Breast Cancer Support Group

Cancer Survivor

Alleyah Miner DC Resident Patient Advocate

Reverend Anthony Motley

Ministry Religious & Community Advocate
Amin Hassan Muslim DC Police Department Cancer Survivor
Melanie Nix Breast Cancer Comfort Site Cancer Advocate
Andrea Roane WUSA 9 Journalism, news anchor
Fred Robinson News Channel 8 & WJLA Business Development
Mary Scroggins In My Sister’s Care Cancer survivor & Community Advocate
Eric Vicks DC Primary Care Association Community Outreach
Carla Williams PhD Acting Director, Howard University Cancer Center Prevention & community advocate