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CHAI Community Affairs

Given that 80 percent of our health is driven by social factors outside of access to healthcare, such as housing, education and environment, Children’s National Hospital understands the urgency and necessity for us to work outside the four walls of the hospital to address these social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health. The Community Affairs Department within the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National:

  • Elevates community health needs and community benefit, 
  • Facilitates partnerships between the healthcare system and our community, and
  • Works across sectors to address policy and system issues to improve health equity for all children. 

We envision a community where children and families are made healthier by a healthcare system that understands and advocates for their needs.

Strategic Priorities

Transforming Education

Our department strengthens and supports the education and training of internal and external stakeholders through the development and implementation of programs and services designed to meet the needs of the community.

Strong Partnerships

CHAI Community Affairs develops and strengthens partnerships to increase advocacy and community engagement.

Meaningful Policy and System Change

We advance policy and system change to address the social determinants of health/community health needs.