Healthy Students Are Better Learners
To ensure that all District of Columbia (DC) students have the opportunity to be healthy and successful, District law requires all children to submit a DC Universal Health Certificate (UHC) and Oral Health Assessment (OHA) form each year as a part of school enrollment. These forms document an annual visit to the primary care provider and primary dental provider—to be valid for school reporting purposes. The UHC and OHA are the primary sources of information used by schools to document a child’s health status. Click here to see what steps you can take to ensure your patients are healthy and ready to learn for the next school year!
School is Out—But the Meals Keep Coming!
When school lets out for summer, nearly 56,000 District children lose access to the school breakfast and lunches they rely on during the year to keep hunger at bay. Fortunately, the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program continues to provide free nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children June through August. Help spread the word to the families you serve by:
- Hanging D.C. Free Summer Meals Flyers in your waiting room. Click here to access summer meal flyers in English, Spanish, and Amharic.
- Helping patients and families find the nearest meal site before leaving your office.
- Text FOOD to 877-877 or Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY
- Visit www.dcsummermeals.dc.gov
Integrating Oral Health into a Well-Child Visit
Oral health assessments are a required part of every primary care well-child visit for young children so that primary care providers can assist in identifying children who need dental care. In addition to oral health assessments, the application of fluoride varnish on children under the age of 3 is a Medicaid covered dental service in a primary care setting. Check out our new Oral Health Toolkit on DC HealthCheck to access our latest Medicaid resources, including information on Medicaid reimbursable oral health services, the DC Medicaid dental benefits brochure, fluoride varnish training for PCPs, and links to oral health practice tools and resources.
Pediatricians and EPSDT Providers—Have You Completed Your HealthCheck Training?
All Primary Care Providers serving Medicaid beneficiaries under the age of 21 are required to complete HealthCheck training every two years. The web-based training can be accessed at www.dchealthcheck.net and provides 5 free CME credits. Visit www.dchealthcheck.net today to complete your HealthCheck training requirement and to browse the available provider resources.