Ward 8, the home to the highest number of youth in the city, will now have a state-of-the-art medical facility to meet their health and wellness needs.
Children’s National announced with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 the unveiling of the new Children’s Health Center at Anacostia, a primary care center located in Southeast.
“We are committed to helping Washington, D.C.’s children grow up healthy and strong,” said Dr. Kurt Newman, president and chief executive officer of Children’s National. “With more space, extended hours, and easy access to metro and buses, our new Big Chair location will help expand our world-class care to even more kids and families in the D.C. community.”
The new primary care facility provides child care and urgent care services for infants, children and adolescents, as well as hearing and speech, mental health, social work and breastfeeding support.
The center has all-new equipment to assist the more than 9,000 children served by Children’s National in Ward 8.
Ward 8 Councilman-elect Trayon White recalled having an injury as teenager and having to go downtown for medical treatment.
“I grew up in the Children’s National system,” White said. “We have a lot of wealth disparities in Ward 8 and we have a lot of work to do. This is a good start with Ward 8 being home to the most youth in the District of Columbia.”
The new location will offer the Healthy Generations Program, which provides medical care, family planning and mental health support for young parents and their children.
The program works to ensure that young mothers and fathers have the support to raise healthy children with the coordinated support of a physician and a social worker who would provide case management.
Patients and their families will also have access to Children’s IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic, IDEAL Clinic, a weight-loss and health education program and Healthy Families America, a home visiting program that helps build parent-child relationships by addressing health needs, family literacy and other social services.
“We are very excited to offer families in Anacostia expanded access to care services in our new state-of-the art facility,” said Denice Cora-Bramble, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Ambulatory and Community Health Services at Children’s National. “From health education and nutritional counseling, to immunizations and urgent care, we look forward to continuing to help children grow up stronger.”
Beyond its traditional medical offerings, the facility features 20 childhood-inspired, brightly colored exam rooms, as well as a mural painted by Southeast artist Roderick Turner.
The acrylic painting illustrates an imaginative scene of the Frederick Douglass House, which overlooks a group of children playing near the famed Anacostia Big Chair.
The Children’s National Health Center Anacostia will continue to grow due to an expansion initiative in Southeast that includes plans for a clinical service expansion at THEARC underway for 2017.
“I’m so excited for this to be here in Ward 8,” said Courtney Snowden, deputy mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity. “I’m excited for Children’s National and their partnership and commitment to this community. Not only will will this center provide medical services, but jobs allowing us to expand economic opportunity.”