COVID-19 Update:Learn where you can get your child vaccinated, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.
Investing in the Future of Health Care
At Children’s National Hospital, we aim to support academic pursuit, encourage career exploration and build career pathways to health care and public health by creating equitable opportunities for students to meet Children’s National faculty and staff members and obtain professional development with hands-on experience.
Our Vision for Youth Engagement
Our vision is to create a health system that inspires and provides young people with the tools and experiences needed to thrive.
The Child Health Advocacy Institute's Youth Engagement team is committed to investing in the future of health care. Children’s National partners with several schools, universities and youth serving organizations to provide trainings on health care careers, health sciences and health equity.
DC CAN is a locally funded program that promotes the District of Columbia's mission to strengthen the pipeline to college and careers for high school students. The DC CAN mission is to reshape Washington, D.C.'s workforce by effectively preparing high school students for college and careers through the use of the National Academy Foundation educational design.
DC HAPP is a pipeline program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion to increase access to health care careers and foster diversity in the medical field. The program is offered to rising seniors who attend D.C. public schools and have a passion for medicine. DC HAPP participants gain exposure to health care professions, learn hands-on medical skills, develop public health projects and prepare for college applications and college life.
HOSA is an international student organization that provides leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. The mission of the organization is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry to enhance the delivery of quality health care for all people.
We partner with the Urban Alliance to provide economically-disadvantaged high school students with exposure, opportunity, support and training needed to prepare them for lifelong economic self-sufficiency. We offer youth real-world experiences to set them up for a future in college and in the medical field.
The Urban Alliance serves high school youth from under-resourced communities who are at risk of disconnecting from pathways to economic self-sufficiency and lack the skills, experience and networks needed for success. The goal of the program is to prepare underserved high school seniors for future economic self-sufficiency through an intensive, year-long experience combining paid, professional internships, job skills training, one-on-one mentoring and ongoing post-program support.