What patients and families need to know
CHAI Child Health Data Lab
Compassion inspires us, but data guides us.
From the policies we promote to the programs we develop, the work of our Child Health Data Lab informs everything we do at the Child Health Advocacy Institute.
Our data scientists use an evidence-based approach to identify and track trends in population health. They’re behind the scenes monitoring D.C. kids’ greatest health needs through:
- Big data analysis
- Interactive maps
- Community input
CHAI’s Data Lab is also a leading partner in the DC Health Matters Collaborative. Its unique pediatric insights are a key component of the citywide group’s Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) and DCHealthMatters.org.
For more information, contact Chaya Merrill, director of the Child Health Data Lab.
Children’s National Hospital – in a partnership with the DC Health Matters Collaborative (formerly the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative) – is proud to release our 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) (PDF) and 2019-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) (PDF) that responds to the needs identified in the CHNA. The DC Health Matters Collaborative is a coalition of hospitals and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that combine efforts and resources to assess and address community needs. This work is undertaken in partnership, is data-driven, and engages the community. The ultimate pursuit is an equitable and sustainable state of health for District of Columbia residents.
The 2019 CHNA and 2019-2022 CHIP are posted on the DC Health Matters website. DC Health Matters provides a one-stop resource for online access to community health indicators and related resources that impact the health of DC communities. You will find up-to-date demographic, health and social determinants data; hundreds of maps, tables and figures; and promising practices on this site.
We would like to thank the hundreds of DC community stakeholders for your thoughtful input and engagement in the 2019 CHNA and 2019-2022 CHIP. Please join us in this journey by visiting DC Health Matters and clicking on the “Stay Connected” button.
The DC Health Matters portal, at DCHealthMatters.org, is a comprehensive online resource for community health stakeholders.
The site provides:
- DC health indicators and related resources
- Tools to understand and act on local health issues
- Promising practices, highlighting successful local, state, and national initiatives
- Information on funding opportunities
- Links to local resources
Made possible by a grant from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, DCHealthMatters.org is helping community groups move from knowledge to action, set goals, and evaluate progress. It’s a “living” project that will evolve along with our dynamic community.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The DC Health Matters Collaborative authored this community health needs assessment to serve as a community-driven foundation for our community health improvement efforts.
Community Health Improvement Plan
The Community Health Improvement Plan for 2019-2022 embraces a vision of one healthy and thriving capital city that holds the same promise for all residents regardless of where they live.