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Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Grantee Spotlight

Smith Center
  • 2016 Award Amount: $25,000

Shanti Norris
Executive Director
Smith Center for Healing and Arts
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-8600 (office)
E-mail: shanti@smithcenter.org 

Wanda Lucas
Project Director, PPEP
Email: komen3@smithcenter.org
Email: Wanda@SmithCenter.org

Erin Price
Manager, Navigation Programs and Grants
Email: Erin@SmithCenter.org
Website: www.smithcenter.org

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a 19 year-old nonprofit health, education, and arts organization in Washington DC. Its mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes for people affected by cancer. It is the only stand-alone cancer support organization serving Washington, DC.

QHF’s grant of $25,000 will support training of clinical healthcare providers and patients for the Patient-Provider Education Project (PPEP). This project engages health providers with African American breast cancer survivors to develop solutions for improving care in underserved communities fostering overall positive patient outcomes. Utilizing dialogue and education, the Project will improve patient-provider communication, trust and understanding thereby improving health information dialogue. Smith Center will conduct process and impact evaluation of each phase of the project to assess its value as a best practice model for improving communication between African Americans and health care providers thereby impacting adherence to cancer screening and treatment recommendations.