• Are you a pediatrician that takes care of patients who attend HD Cooke Elementary, Powell Elementary, Marie Reed Elementary, Bancroft Elementary, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Cardozo Education Campus?
  • Are you interested in supporting your patients’ health and attendance in school?

Beginning in School Year 2017-18, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be partnering with the DC Department of Health and local child health providers to address absenteeism.  Through the Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Effort (CARE) Project pilot, which is being piloted in parallel in Baltimore City, parents of students at six local DCPS schools can consent to have their attendance data shared with their doctor.  A parent letter, FAQs, and consent form are linked here.

Interested pediatricians will receive pushes of attendance data for eligible patients through the infrastructure of the local health information exchange, CRISP.  Any clinic or provider with access to CRISP can elect to receive this data for their eligible patients.   Further, the CARE team is intensively engaging throughout the two-year pilot with four clinics in Ward 1 from several health systems to develop and evaluate clinician trainings, proposed clinic workflows, and other supportive materials.  Such resources will be disseminated to the broader pediatric community when available.

Interested pediatricians can contact Dr. Heidi Schumacher, Deputy Chief of Student Wellness at DCPS, at heidi.schumacher@dc.gov for more information or to sign up to participate.