Smith Center works with the human experience of cancer that conventional medicine often doesn't address. Caregiver and patient support groups, workshops on stress reduction, and classes in poetry, art, and journal writing offer the opportunity for self-expression; day- and week-long retreats, many offered in the beautiful countryside, let patients and caregivers explore a range of resources for healing (scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the already reduced costs). Local artists also work with patients and caregivers at the Washington Cancer Institute, and the Wounded Warrior program at National Naval Medical Center engages with soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Smith Center created the first National Navigation Training in Integrative Cancer Care and offers far-reaching Integrative Patient Navigation services (helping patients overcome barriers to care), both through the Center and through churches in Southeast and Northeast DC to reach African-American and African immigrant communities. Last year, Smith Center reached over 10,000 individuals affected by cancer. A two-time Susan G. Komen Foundation award winner, Smith Center deserves your generous support.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; U Street Corridor;

Age Groups Served: Young Adult; Adult; Elderly

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 35%; Asian American, 10%; Caucasian, 35%; Latino/Hispanic, 10%; Multicultural, 10%

Population(s) Served: All

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 90535

United Way Agency Number: 8348

Awards & Recognition

-Komen for the Cure awards for work with survivorship 1998, 1999
-Washington Cancer Institute Innovations Awards for Survivorship
-2010 Rosemary Williams Community Award from Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC)
-Two-time recipient of the Susan G. Komen Virginia Kelly Award for Excellence in Survivorship
-Recipient of a three-year Susan G. Komen Academic Partnership Grant for a 2009-2011 partnership with Howard University's Center for Urban Progress (CUP)
-Smith Center presented at the Association of Oncology Social Workers' National Conference (AOSW) in 2011
-The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Conference and the Oncology Nursing Society Congress in 2012
-The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) in 2012 and 2013
-In 2011, Executive Director Shanti Norris received a Distinguished Fellow Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health.


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