Programs in the Community

Capital Breast Care Center

The Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) was founded in 2004 by Dr. Jeanne Mandelblatt and the Avon foundation in order to provide breast cancer screening to underserved women in the D. C. area. CBCC is the outreach arm of Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center with MedStar Health as the clinical partner. 

Washington, D.C., has one of the highest incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer in the nation, with alarming disparities observed among minorities. Women in the District, especially low-income, minority women, face many barriers to receiving breast cancer screening services, including access to screening, fear, insurance status, and low health literacy. While working to eliminate or reduce the impact of these barriers, CBCC has become the leading provider of breast cancer screening for uninsured women in the D.C. area. An average of 1,700 women are screened annually, over half of whom lack health insurance, primarily Hispanic and African-American women. CBCC, based in the community, not only provides culturally sensitive breast cancer screening services but also health and wellness education guided by evidence-based practices. Also, our services include mammography screening and clinical breast examination, cervical cancer screening and HPV typing, patient transportation via a 12-passenger van, patient navigation along the entire continuum of care, including outreach into screening and diagnosis into treatment, referral network for emotional support, cancer treatment, primary care, and untreated health conditions, and competent, professional, and compassionate staff. Our reach remains extensive in the D.C. area because we partner with community clinics, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers dedicated to the community we serve. 

Environmental Quality Assessment in DC Neighborhoods

The American Lung Association ranked the DC Metropolitan area as the 16th worst city in the nation for ozone pollution, and the 2nd worst for vehicular traffic. However, limited scientific research has been done to investigate the impact of this on individual's health. In response, we are implementing a study to assess exposure to air borne pollutants, with a particular emphasis on those pollutants that come from vehicular traffic. We also completed a survey and several focus groups to assess the awareness of community members about environmental factors in their neighborhoods.

For more information, please contact Everett Dodson at (202) 687-1542,

Webinar Series designed for Community-based, Faith-based organizations 

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is pleased to present a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications. 

October 6 at 3:30 pm EDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics -- from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding. Register for this webinar.

October 20 at 3:30 pm EDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models? 
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART)objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided. Register for this webinar.

November 5 at 3:30 pm EDT: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities 
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified. Register for this webinar.