GU opens office in Southeast D.C. for minorities and health disparities

The Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center announced today the opening of a new Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C. A ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the center this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The center is located at 1000 New Jersey Avenue.

According to the press release, the District has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in America. Part of the mission of the new center is to facilitate research that will help reduce the rate of cancer in the District, especially among the underserved and ethnic minorities. The office will include faculty with expertise in cancer epidemiology, health communications, exercise physiology, and nutrition along with nurse practitioners and community health educator students-in-training. The center will complement work already being done at the Lombardi Cancer Center.

Driving distance is 20 minutes to the location, while public transport takes about an hour from campus, according to Google Maps. The location is designed to be a “community-based anchor” that will directly involve the members of the DC community most disparately affected by cancer.

Many prominent people will be at the ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow including current Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmember David A. Catania, interim director of DC Department of Health Saul Levin, and Georgetown’s president John DeGioia. Along with the ribbion cutting ceremony, a tour of the facility will be given.

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