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  Children’s National Dedicates Mobile Health Van
May 13, 2010

Makes Primary Care More Accessible in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2010
Washington, DC – Children’s National Medical Center dedicated a new, state-of-the-art mobile health van on Friday, May 7. Children’s National primary care teams will use the van to serve children across Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. For the first time, one of Children’s vans will be linked to an elementary school – Kenilworth Elementary – making care even more accessible to families in historically underserved parts of the District. 

“By taking primary care directly into the neighborhoods, Children’s National is addressing unmet needs and continuing our work to make high-quality care accessible to all,” said Rhonique Shields-Harris, MD, MHA, FAAP, medical director, Mobile Health Programs, Children’s National Medical Center.

Research recently commissioned by Children’s National to benchmark community needs demonstrated gaps in access to primary and specialty care for communities east of the Anacostia River. This van expands service in these communities, where Children’s National currently provides primary care through its health centers and now four mobile vans that all are part of the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Pediatric Health.

Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, PhD, chief operating officer, Washington, DC, Department of Health, joined the ribbon cutting, saying, "The Department of Health has had a longstanding collaboration with Children's National Medical Center and together we have worked to meet the health needs of children in the District. We are excited about this new mobile unit, and look forward to continuing our work with Children's National, eliminating health disparities and increasing access to health care for kids in the community."

Greg Rhett, president, Eastland Gardens Civic Association, also joined the ribbon cutting saying, “This mobile health unit represents a promise made and a promise kept. Today’s celebration is the result of a lot of hard work to bring quality health care services to our children. This is what it’s all about; a community coming together to bring a bright future to our children.”

    Children’s National mobile vans are made possible with support from the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), the nation’s leading provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families. CHF currently has 50 mobile medical clinics serving hundreds of locations across the country. Children’s National now operates four of these mobile vans. Clinical care teams use the vans to provide primary care and dental care to children throughout the city, especially in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8.

    Children’s National also serves approximately 12,000 patients and families (25,000 visits) through its health centers located east of the Anacostia, including health centers at THEARC, Mississippi Avenue, SE; Good Hope Road, SE; and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, SE. These three health centers are part of the seven health centers in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National, the largest provider of children’s primary care in the District.

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Paula Darte or Susan Muma:  202-476-4500.

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About Children’s National Medical Center
Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s National has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group.  For more information, visit