Health Disparities

The Georgetown University Medical Center and the School of Medicine lead the University's efforts to conduct-community based research and provide community healthcare services in the District of Columbia. The School of Medicine also offers service learning opportunities for medical students in the local community.

COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH RESEARCH

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
This research center, part of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center located, is located in Ward 7 to provide direct access to individuals most negatively impacted by health disparities. The office facilitates research to reduce cancer and related health disparities among underserved and ethnic minority populations in the District.

Center for Child and Human Development
The Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD) was founded to improve systems, practices, and outcomes for young children; children and youth with special health care and mental health needs and their families; and individuals with developmental disabilities. The Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to service, training, research, community outreach, technical assistance, and public policy to address critical social issues of poverty, health and mental health inequities, homelessness, violence, and literacy. Projects at CCHD include:

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SERVICES

KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic
The KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic is a mobile healthcare clinic that has provided direct pediatric primary care for almost 20 years. The mobile clinic visits public housing communities, schools, health fairs, and other community events to provide primary healthcare services to children and adolescents.

HOYA Clinic
The HOYA Clinic is a student-driven free clinic located in the D.C. General Family Homeless Shelter in Southeast Washington. The clinic is run by Georgetown University medical students and provides direct primary care services to homeless and uninsured families living in the shelter.

Anacostia Wellness Center
The Anacostia Wellness Center is a school-based outpatient health center at the Academies at Anacostia for teenagers and their children. The center partners with the school nurse and the New Heights Teen Parent Program to provide primary pediatric care and basic pre-natal care for pregnant teenagers.

SERVICE LEARNING AND ADVOCACY 

Service and Experiential Learning in Medicine
Geogetown students in the School of Medicine must complete at least 20 hours of community service before graduation. The experiential learning component fulfills the University's commitment to train students as women and men for others. Medical students work with a number of community organizations on issues of homlessness, hunger, senior care, children and family medicine, education and employment, and work in local health clinics.

Health Rights and Social Justice Scholar Track
The School of Medicine offers a elective course offering for medical students to learn about health care as a right and health justice as an advocacy objective. Students learn about concepts of health justice and health rights and techniques to advocate for patients and their communities.