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Key Issues and Programs

Key Issues | Programs
Asthma (Impact DC)
Impact DC (Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia) is a pediatric asthma research, education, and intervention program.

Burn Safety
Last year, over 850 children were treated for burns at Children’s National Medical Center. Over 250 of those kids required hospitalization to treat their injuries. Find out how to prevent burn injuries.

Bullying
Clinicians and researchers at Children’s National are investigating the health risks associated with bullying as well as the pediatrician’s role in youth violence prevention. Includes links to media and testimony by Children’s National experts.

Immunizations
Children’s National’s It’s Wise to Immunize program is dedicated to increasing immunization rates and the use of primary care providers. The program educates the public about the importance of immunizations, provides vaccinations and links families to primary care providers.

Injury Prevention Coalition
The Injury Prevention Coalition is dedicated to the prevention of intentional and unintentional childhood injuries and strives to prioritize injury prevention for children and their families, caregivers, public officials, residents and visitors in the metropolitan area.

Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program
Children’s National Medical Center has created the Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program to help to detect serious CHD while newborns are in the nursery. The program uses pulse oximetry, a non-invasive test, to quickly and painlessly test the babies for serious CHD while they are in the newborn nursery.

Obesity
Obesity is one of the most common public health problems in our society today. Children are increasingly affected by lack of activity and unhealthy food choices. Children’s National is committed to preventing obesity and treating kids who are suffering from it.

Oral Health
Children’s National Medical Center is providing free fluoride varnish for children aged 0-3 in licensed day care and head start programs in Washington, DC. Fluoride varnish is painless, tasteless, and takes only a few minutes to apply. It helps prevent young teeth from cavities.

Sickle Cell
The sickle cell program at Children’s National Medical Center is one of the busiest in the country treating more than 1,400 patients each year. Advocating for patients with sickle cell is a key initiative at CHAI where we are collaborating with a number of national organizations to bring awareness of the disease to the forefront, and work to improve the lives of pediatric patients who suffer from the debilitating symptoms associated with the disease.


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