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Several Lombardi researchers and clinicians contributed to the first Washington DC Cancer Control Plan released by the DC Department of Health in April 2006. The Executive Committee which oversaw the report was co-chaired by Dr. Jeanne Mandelblatt. The plan calls for increased access to care for underserved and minority populations in the city.

The Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC), located at 650 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, opened in April 2004 and is a major initiative to reduce breast cancer disparities in Washington, DC. The CBCC offers health education, genetic counseling and testing, clinical breast exams, and mammograms regardless of a woman's ability to pay. A health navigator is on staff to help women who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Lombardi and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) have joined forces to investigate ways of increasing cancer awareness and reducing cancer incidence among African Americans, who bear a disproportionately high burden of certain types of cancer. The partnership includes a UDC master's program in cancer biology, prevention, and control taught by Lombardi faculty, and outreach and education for the DC community.

Celebramos la Vida!, translated as "Let's Celebrate Life," is a free clinic offered to Latina women 40 years and older who might not otherwise obtain mammograms, pap smears, or related health education. The screening is provided one Saturday each month at Lombardi's Ourisman Breast Health Clinic.


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