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 is taken.


Brenda Richardson
CAC Chair
Former DC Council member Chief of Staff

Dionne Brown
Healthcare Policy Consultant

Brenda Atkinson-Willoughby
Director, Government and Community Relations, Georgetown University

Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland
Children’s National

Victoria Girard
Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Reverend John Harmon
Trinity Episcopal Church

Astrid Jimenez
Executive Director
Nueva Vida

Thelma D. Jones
Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund

Alleyah Miner
Patient Advocate

Reverend Anthony Motley
Advocate and Minister

Melanie Nix
Breast Cancer Comfort Site
Survivor

Ify Anne Nwabukwu, BSN, RN
African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association

Bridget Oppong, MD 
Reston Hospital Center, VA
Breast Surgeon

Andrea Roane
WUSA 9 News Anchor

Mary Scroggins
In My Sister’s Care
Survivor

Charlie Whitaker
CEO
Career Path DC

Dr. Teletia Taylor
Howard University