The Children’s Health Project of D.C. (CHPDC) serves communities in the Anacostia region of Southeastern D.C. In the particular region of D.C. (Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8) served by the CHPDC, children and youth experience a high degree of socioeconomic and environmental risk factors that often give rise to developmental delays and long-term health problems. These factors include high incidences of infant mortality, infant morbidity, teenage pregnancy, low birth weights, prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol and child abuse and neglect.
The CHPDC provides comprehensive primary care at sites situated near public housing that are within walking distance of schools. Additionally, to address the increasingly unmet dental needs of its patients, the program provides full dental services via a mobile dental unit. The CHPDC is also part of Children’s Health Fund’s Referral Management Initiative, which is designed to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to specialty care.