In the Community

Patient Care

Children's National Health System has a long and proud tradition of collaborating with public and private entities to proactively address the health needs of local families. The District of Columbia Healthy Communities Collaborative, an alliance of hospitals and community health centers, works to define the city's health priorities and identify the best approaches for improving community health. In June 2013, it released a citywide community health needs assessment and an interactive community health web portal called DC Health Matters.

Programs highlighted in our annual community benefit report provide a glimpse of the important work being done at Children’s National every day to foster healthier, stronger children and communities.

The latest report, from fiscal year 2014, highlights a few of the many community benefit programs.

A community benefit is a program or activity that provides treatment or promotes health and healing as a response to identified community needs and meets at least one of these community benefit objectives:

  • Improves access to health care services.
  • Enhances health of the community.
  • Advances medical or health knowledge.
  • Relieves or reduces the burden of government or other community efforts.

To be considered as a community benefit, programs must meet fit specific criteria including showing measurable (process or impact) outcomes and a financial outlay. Information is collected and analyzed by our staff based upon an established accountability and eligibility system.

Community Programs Offered

In Fiscal Year 2014, Children’s National Health System offered the following programs and services to address community needs such as improving community health, reducing health disparities, and strengthening our partnerships.

Pedestrian Safety Program

Pedestrian Safety Program

A targeted educational effort to inform parents, medical practitioners, and community leaders of the incidence of child pedestrian injuries and fatalities, this program educated the community on preventing these occurrences through dissemination of pedestrian safety information to more than 9,500 area families.

Advanced Professional Practice Experience

Advanced Professional Practice Experience

A hands-on program that allowed 43 pharmacy students last year to gain a real-world introduction to identifying and treating the medical needs of underserved communities

Healthy Generations Program

Healthy Generations Program

A comprehensive resource that equipped 375 adolescent parents with mental health services, case management support, parenting education, and career and education counseling with the goal of helping them delay secondary pregnancies during adolescence and promoting positive parenting and self-sufficiency.

DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care

DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care

A comprehensive effort to unite pediatric child care providers around the need for child and youth mental health services and the integration of those services into the primary care setting. Last year, 15 practices and 142 practitioners received training material, and partners formed a working group charged with planning, implementing, and evaluating new initiatives.

Parish Nursing/Interfaith and Pastoral Care

Parish Nursing/Interfaith and Pastoral Care

Grief and Loss Education Program partnered with the faith community and DC Department of Health to offer a two-day training to 14 faith-based leaders and other professionals who provide caring support to families and children experiencing grief and loss. Post-intervention test results showed a measurable increase in self-knowledge about, competence in, and comfort with helping families in the future.

Central Southern Maryland Pediatric Medical Society

Central Southern Maryland Pediatric Medical Society

A physician forum–now 100 members strong–that serves Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's Counties in Maryland and facilitates the sharing of medical information between society participants to strengthen the overall collective knowledge base of local healthcare providers.

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