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Community Health

Meeting the Needs of the Community

Children's National brings services to families who might not get them otherwise.

Nearly 30 percent of children in the District of Columbia live in poverty. Many of them experience lifelong health conditions, due to socioeconomic and environmental factors that put them at risk. Rates of pediatric asthma, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, and obesity are among the highest in the country.

Children’s National addresses the needs of many of these children and their families through the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health. The largest provider of primary care services in Washington, DC, the Goldberg Center serves some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods through community-based health centers, hospital-based clinics, and mobile medical vans. The center acts as a medical home -- delivering care that puts the family at the center of the healthcare system. It provides community-focused, culturally competent clinical education, research, and advocacy programs.

Our interdisciplinary teams provide an array of services:

  • Healthy Generations Program. This program provides primary care to adolescent parents and their children. Teenagers can access a medical home that many teen parents lack, ensuring greater access and continuity of care.

  • Child and Adolescent Protection Center. The only comprehensive pediatric medical center in the District of Columbia, this center is staffed by a team of health professionals dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and their families.

  • Mobile Health. Health and dental vans deliver free, all-encompassing care to children from birth to age 21 directly to their neighborhoods.

  • Dentistry. We provide preventative care in the community while treating complex dental cases in the hospital.

  • Complex Care Program. We offer medically fragile children a family-centered medical home and care coordination.

  • Burgess Clinic for HIV+ and At-Risk Teens. We deliver comprehensive services, support, and education to young adults living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Obesity Institute. The institute aims at preventing and treating childhood obesity by implementing evidence-based interventions and practices.

  • Adolescent Medicine. We provide comprehensive healthcare services to young adults at clinics throughout the Washington area.

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