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Mobile Health

Improving health outcomes for children in the community is part of our mission. As the only hospital in the region dedicated exclusively to caring for kids, Children’s mobile health services are one way we help make high-quality care accessible to more children and families in the District of Columbia.

The Children’s Health Project of the District of Columbia provides free, comprehensive health and dental care to children from birth to age 21. Our big, blue wheelchair accessible mobile units visit 11 sites weekly throughout Washington, DC, including several locations near public housing. Our mobile units also provide services to children in Prince George’s county. 

The Children’s Health Project is part of a nationwide program supported by the Children’s Health Fund, dedicated to improving access for children to quality health services through mobile-based health care – bringing care to kids in their own community. The program serves approximately 4,000 children through 7,000 visits annually.

Medicine on the Move

Children’s doctors and healthcare professionals staff the mobile units, providing medical physicals and check-ups, screenings, treatments, and behavioral counseling for a wide variety of conditions. Our programs and services include:

  • Behavioral and psychological evaluations 
  • Case management
  • Community health and parent education projects
  • Community outreach and referrals
  • Early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) program visits 
  • On-call emergency acute care (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Immunizations
  • Family crisis management
  • Grandparent support group
  • Laboratory services
  • Lead screening
  • Referrals to specialists 
  • School physicals
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Walk-in (same day) care for sick children
  • Well child care

Traveling Dental Care

Children’s state-of-the-art mobile dental unit is equipped to provide comprehensive dental care for children. Services include:

  • Cleanings and preventative care 
  • Digital X-rays 
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Elective surgical procedures
  • Periodontal care 
  • Sealant application
  • Fillings and restorations

We also can assist you with referrals to hospital specialists for orthodontics and oral surgery. Dental care is available four days a week.

Insurance and Medicaid

All the mobile health and dental units accept Medicaid, HMOs, and private insurance. For families without health or dental insurance, the staff may provide their services for free or help interested families find insurance.

Helpful Websites

In the Community

Kohl’s funding supports community outreach dedicated to improving asthma care and outcomes for children through individualized and group education on the nature of asthma, proper medication and device use, and identification and reduction of children’s exposure to asthma triggers.

How to Use Your Medical Home

We want you to think of us as your own doctor and know that you can see us whenever you and your child need to. We can be your personal doctor and you can stay with us as your child grows up.

mobile health van

Mobile Health Schedule and Locations

Our big, blue wheelchair accessible mobile units visit 11 sites weekly throughout Washington, D.C., including several locations near public housing. Read here to find out when the mobile unit is near your neighborhood.

Children's Health Center at THEARC

Children's Health Center – at THEARC

Unique to THEARC is the Children's Health Project, our fleet of accessible, blue mobile units that travel weekly across the District of Columbia to various community sites.