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Children’s Health Project of the District of Columbia

Overview

The Children’s Health Fund is committed to providing health care to the nation’s most medically underserved children through the development and support of innovative primary care medical programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed access to appropriate health care for all children.

Mission

The mission of the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center is to build healthy communities through clinical care, advocacy, research, and education.  Children’s aims to give every infant, child, and adolescent in the District of Columbia the opportunity to top access family-centered care in their community that is culturally sensitive, promotes disease prevention, and provides for the diagnoses of childhood health problems.

Communities Served

Under the leadership of the Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Health Fund, the Children’s Health Project of DC (CHPDC) serves communities in the Anacostia region of Southeastern DC.  In the particular region of DC served by the CHPDC — Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8 — children and youth experience a high degree of socioeconomic and environmental risk factors that often give rise to developmental delays and long-term health problems.  These factors include high incidences of infant mortality, infant morbidity, teenage pregnancy, low birth weights, prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol, child abuse, and neglect.  The CHPDC provides comprehensive primary care at sites situated near public housing that are within walking distance of schools.

Health Services

The Mobile Health Program offers physicals, and the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems, illnesses, or social problems.  The staff also provides care and referrals for children with special needs.  To address the increasingly unmet dental needs of its patients, the program provides full dental services via a mobile dental unit.

For families without health or dental insurance, the staff will provide their services and help families find insurance.

Conditions and Services include:  Well child care; Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT); immunizations; acute care; lead and tuberculosis screening; chronic illness management (i.e., asthma, obesity); oral and mental health.

Current Initiatives

The Referral Management Initiative (RMI) is designed to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to specialty care.  RMI enhances communication with families to ensure that children who are referred to a specialist have the support they need in order to complete the referral and receive timely and appropriate care.  Among children and parents in medically underserved communities, there is a high incidence of chronic and acute conditions that may not have been diagnosed or appropriately treated.  But families in these communities have difficulty accessing specialty care, due to a range of social, economic, and geographic barriers.  If these referrals are not completed in a timely manner, hospital-based services may become necessary.

RMI is staffed by case managers who provide families with the assistance they need to access specialty care, including telephone reminders to parents, round-trip transportation to appointments as needed, help with navigating the health care sites, family-oriented health education, and enhanced communication between primary care and specialist providers.

The Childhood Asthma Initiative was established to increase access to health care and improve management of chronic asthma for thousands of medically underserved children and families.  Washington, DC has the highest child poverty rate (29%) and the highest asthma rate in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.  The Childhood Asthma Initiative brings clinical care that is consistent with the most recent National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma to children in poor communities where access to medical care is limited.

Major Achievements

• Establishment of a fixed-clinic site at Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Southeast Washington, DC in 2005.
• Addition of a new mobile medical unit to the fleet in 2009.
• Serving as the medical home for children in foster care in DC for a two-year period.
• Host clinic site for Children’s National Medical Center’s IMPACT DC clinic and IDEAL Obesity Clinic.

Working Toward Health Equity

The Children’s Health Project of the District of Columbia is working toward health equity by improving access to medical and dental care, health education, and other community resources in order to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for underserved areas of DC.

Health Center Locations

Monday, Wednesday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Children’s Health Center @ THEARC (Ward 8), 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE

Mobile Unit Locations

Mondays: 10 am – 4 pm
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School (Ward 7), 3701 Hayes Street NE

Tuesdays: 10 am – 4 pm
Atlantic Terrace Apartments (Ward 8), 4319 3rd Street SE

Wednesdays: 10 am – 4 pm
1st Wednesday: DC General Campus (Ward 6), 1900 Massachusetts Avenue SE
2nd Wednesday: Benning Terrace (Ward 7), 46th & G Street SE
3rd Wednesday: Kenilworth (Ward 7), Quarles & 45th Street NE
4th Wednesday: Lincoln Heights (Ward 7), 50th & Fitch Street NE

Fridays: 10 am – 4 pm
Fort Dupont Community Center (Ward 7), 24 Ridge Road SE


CONTACT INFORMATION

Medical Director, Marcee White
1901 Mississippi Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 436-3060 [telephone] and (202) 610-9522 [facsimile]
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