Community Based Research

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About the Study

This study focuses on the impact of identifying and addressing social risk factors related to entrenched structural racism and combating bias in care for cancer survivors. It aims to reduce inequities in cancer outcomes for breast and prostate cancer survivors by better understanding the social needs of these patients, referring them to community-based and clinical resources and implementing action plans to reduce structural bias across three cancer centers in Washington, DC: Howard University Cancer Center, George Washington University Cancer Center and MedStar Washington Hospital Center Washington Cancer Institute. Institutions will implement universal social risk factor screening and referral and provide community health worker support to patients with identified needs. Faculty and staff at participating institutions will receive anti-bias training and develop an anti-racism task force to implement an action plan to reduce structural bias. Institutions will research patient experiences of perceived discrimination before and after the intervention. The long-term goal for this study is to develop scalable, sustainable, and effective interventions to address the social needs of cancer patients and create equitable cultures of clinical care.


Hannah Arem, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
Scientific Director, Implementation Science, Healthcare Delivery Research, MedStar Health Research Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown School of Medicine

Mandi L. Pratt-Chapman, PhD, MA, OPN-CG, Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center
The George Washington University

Yan Wang, MD, DrPH, Co-Investigator
Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health; Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University

Yolanda Haywood, MD, Co-Investigator
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The George Washington University

Bryan Buckley, PhD, Co-Investigator
Research Fellow, MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety

Christopher Gallagher, MD, Co-Investigator
Medical Director of Cancer Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Teletia Taylor, PhD, Co-Investigator
Associate Professor, Medicine and Psychology, Howard University Cancer Center

Christopher King, PhD, Co-Investigator
Chair, Health Systems Administration, Georgetown University

Robin Littlejohn, MS, Co-Investigator and Workflow Analysis Lead
Senior Human Factors Specialist at Medstar Health

Laura Schubel, MPH, Research Analyst and Project Manager
Research Analyst at Medstar Health

Andrea Lopez, Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Coordinator at Medstar Health

Joseph Astorino, MA, PhD, Data Analyst
Post-Doctoral Associate at GW Cancer Center

Sarah Adler, MA, Data Coordination Support
Program Associate at GW Cancer Center

Sylvia Shirima, MSc, Data Analysis Support
Health Education Manager at GW Cancer Center

Participant Advisory Board

  • Tallulah Anderson
  • Louis Ayers
  • Jaqueline Beale
  • Roger Clark
  • Pat Jones
  • Kimberly Rose
  • Cheryl Shaw


This is a five-year initiative. Please check back periodically for the latest information.


If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, talk to the research team lead investigators at or 

This research has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board(“IRB”). You may talk to them at (202) 687-1506 or