Open Enrollment Now Available to Connect DC Residents with Health Insurance

By Southwester Staff  Eligible DC residents can sign up for affordable health insurance at, the District’s online health insurance marketplace, during the open enrollment period for individuals and families through January 31, 2024.  This year, there are 27 private insurance options available from CareFirst BCBS and Kaiser Permanente for […]

New Initiative Improves Access to Breast Cancer Services with Eye Toward Equity 

By Suzanne C. O’Neill As a result of effective screening and treatment, outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer have improved significantly over the past 25 years. However, these improvements have not been seen equally across all members of our community. To improve these outcomes, researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Cancer […]

Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

By Sheryl Bedno, MD, DrPH As we enter August, there are at least several more weeks of warm weather to come for the Washington, DC area. When hot temperatures hit, they can cause much more than discomfort – there can be negative effects to your health. By understanding the health […]

Breast Cancer 101 Event Reaches Community

By Southwester Staff On Monday, July 11, the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF), in collaboration with James Creek Resident Council, Syphax Gardens Resident Council, GOODProjects and the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) hosted Breast Cancer 101 at River Park in Southwest DC. Funded in part by a generous […]