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.