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Children’s National Receives Award for Health Website

March 12, 2014

Washington, DC — Children’s National Health System received the 2014 Healthy Communities Achievement Award from the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI). The award was presented on behalf of Children’s National’s work on the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative and the creation of the DC Health Matters website.

According to HCI, the Healthy Communities Achievement Award recognizes “the knowledge sharing among change agents and the general public for the purpose of creating change in community health.” The DC Health Matters website aims to do just that by providing community health indicators, information on funding opportunities, and best practice resources to community-based organizations in the District of Columbia and public health stakeholders.

“The ultimate goal of the DC Health Matters website is to improve community health by providing a venue for collaboration and sharing best practices among the region’s community health organizations,” said Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs and Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) at Children’s National. “We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts and commitment to the District of Columbia and the health of its residents.”

Chaya Merrill, DrPH, and Ruth Fisher Pollard of CHAI accepted the award on March 6, at the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) National Conference in Orlando.

HCI provides the leading web-based platform to support health departments, community collaborations, hospitals, and health systems with community health improvement strategies.

Contact:Emily Hartman or Caitlyn Camacho at 202-476-4500.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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