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District of Columbia Healthy Communities Collaborative Launches New Grant Making Initiative With Two Local Organizations

Aug 09, 2018

Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2018) – The District of Columbia Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC) has launched a new grant initiative as a part of its 2017-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan that aims to address the four community priorities that emerged from the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. The four priorities are:

  • Mental Health: Prevention and treatment of psychological, emotional and relational issues leading to higher quality of life.
  • Place-Based Care: Care options that are convenient and culturally sensitive.
  • Care Coordination: Deliberate organization of patient care activities & info sharing protocols to achieve safer, more effective care.
    • Health Literacy: Ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information to make appropriate health decisions.

The DCHCC has awarded $150,000 to support two community-based, nonprofit organizations over the next two years to tackle the District’s priority health needs. Both organizations will use policy, systems, or environmental (PSE) strategies to address the root causes of health and wellness in D.C. The two grant recipients, each to receive $75,000, are:

  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds, located in Northwest Washington, D.C. MGUH will expand the current work of the Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s OB/GYN clinic to include additional perinatal health advocacy and family navigation, case management, and support. MGUH will target its integrated mental health care model to pregnant or parenting women who receive care at the clinic, with a particular focus on women who are at high risk for or are evidencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • D.C. Healthy Housing Collaborative, facilitated by the Institute for Public Health Innovation – As the official public health institute serving the District of Columbia and DMV region, the Institute for Public Health
    Innovation (IPHI) creates partnerships across sectors and cultivates
    innovative solutions that improve health and well-being for populations and communities, with a particular focus on creating health equity. IPHI is serving as the backbone organization of the new D.C. Healthy Housing Collaborative, which will include numerous public and private partners. The D.C. Healthy Housing Collaborative will address the social determinants of poor housing conditions that contribute to significant inequities in asthma and other health outcomes in the District of Columbia. Project partners will work with lower-income renter households, households impacted by asthma, and housing organizations to:
  • improve understanding of and capacity for remediation of health related
    housing hazards;
  • pilot a coordinated care model for home remediation and repair
    services; and
  • train participating families in leadership development skills (e.g. public
    speaking, effective testimony, community organizing, and systems

“Congratulations to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Institute for Public Health Innovation on securing this grant,” said Yolette Gray, incoming DCHCC Board Chair. “It is an exciting time for collaboration to improve health in the District and expand the work of DCHCC. I am thrilled about collaborating with these two notable institutions to address the mental health needs in D.C., particularly
those dealing with the population of pregnant woman and addressing the
substandard housing conditions that affect the health of so many D.C. residents.”

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About D.C. Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC)
Established in January 2012, the DCHCC membership consists of District of Columbia hospitals and community health centers with a mission to combine efforts and resources to assess and address community needs in a data-driven,community-engaged manner for the pursuit of an equitable and sustainable state of health for D.C. residents. The Collaborative membership includes four D.C.hospitals (Children’s National Health System, Howard University Hospital, Providence Health System, and Sibley Memorial Hospital; four community health
centers (Bread for the City, Community of Hope, Mary’s Center, and Unity Health Care); and two associations (D.C. Hospital Association and D.C. Primary Care Association). The D.C. Department of Health is a guiding partner and supporter of
the Collaborative.

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