DC Healthy Communities Collaborative

Health Priority:

  • Population Health

Partners:

  • Bread for the City
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Community of Hope
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Providence Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial
  • Unity Health Care, Inc.

Children's National is a founding member of and ongoing leader in the District of Columbia Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC). The various DC hospitals and community health centers that make up the collaborative share a common goal: reduce health disparities and increase healthy equity for the most vulnerable DC populations.

Every three years, the group conducts a community health needs assessment to define health priorities for Washington, DC. Then, to address the identified health priorities, it initiates a community health improvement process (CHIP) identifying the best approaches for improving community health. 

The community leaders and other key stakeholders are invited to take part in the process, by participating on a community advisory board or by providing input during needs assessment and plan development processes.

The group also involves the larger community by sharing data and findings on DCHealthMatters.org. The web site is used to house reports, develop a responsive health improvement plan, and facilitate community reporting, as well as connect community health data to promising practices, local resources, and funding opportunities.

In 2012, DCHCC’s assessment identified four key community health priorities:

  • Sexual health
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Asthma

Two additional issues – access to care and stress-related conditions –were also identified, but viewed as systemic issues that excerbate all priority conditions.

The 2016 Community Health Needs assessment is currently in development and will be published this summer. It will re-assess the current priorities and determine how they might need to evolve.

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