Adolescents in the District of Columbia face a number of challenges that impact their health. Many young people suffer poor health outcomes including early and unwanted pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and mental health disorders. On the other hand, youth in this city also have the benefit of numerous health providers and community organizations dedicated to improving their health.
DC Park Rx is a Community Health Initiative of health providers, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Park Service, DC Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, US Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Recreation and Parks Association.
The District of Columbia Chapter of the AAP (DC AAP) is the lead organization for the Strong Beginning for Schools project, funded by a Healthy People 2020 grant. The project is a collaboration with the Early Intervention Program in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Early Stages Center at DC Public Schools, the DC Action for Children and The Arc of the District of Columbia.
HPV vaccination coverage in the US has stagnated, well below other adolescent vaccines. If pediatricians administered HPV vaccines at the same time they provided other adolescent vaccines, adherence rates would be close to 90%.
The DC AAP’s Immigrant Health Committee has recently been awarded the Friends of Children Healthy People 2020 Grant. As one of five AAP chapters in the nation to win the grant, they will be working to create a “toolkit” for primary care providers to care for recently arrived immigrant children called “Esperanza: Coordinated Care and Excellence for Immigrant Children.”
Joyful Markets are monthly pop-up fresh food markets at elementary schools in the city, co-sponsored by Martha’s Table, Capital Area Food Bank, and DC Public Schools. DC AAP’s youngest members, pediatric residents from both Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center partnered to create an “Ask the Doc” pilot project.
The Mobile Health Program of Children’s National Medical Center began two decades ago to increase access to primary care services for underserved children in DC. However, the MHU’s services have been underutilized while health outcomes remain poor in target neighborhoods.
This project aims to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia. We have a strong commitment to addressing the mental health needs of diverse children and their families through culturally competent, family-focused initiatives.
The DC AAP Chapter is looking for generalists or specialists working in a non-academic setting and interested in mentoring a resident. You will be matched with a resident based on your mutual interests, strengths, and areas in which the resident wants mentorship.
The DC AAP Fetus and Newborn Committee conducted a series of educational sessions on identifying and responding to maternal mood and anxiety disorders. The presentations were delivered at birth hospitals in DC to train physicians, nurses, social workers and others who care for pregnant or newly delivered mothers and their infants to recognize and act on the signs and symptoms.
As a member of the Bainum Family Foundation’s Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (DC AAP) is working to raise awareness about the effect of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood toxic stresses on long term health outcomes. As part of the work, DC AAP has launched a health provider education series focused on raising awareness and understanding among local child health providers about the impact of poverty on brain development and early learning for infants and toddlers and their families.