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The Department of Health’s Animal Services Program is located in the Health Licensing and Regulation Administration.

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The Vital Records Division houses birth certificates dating back to August 1874.  Birth records become public 100 years after the date of birth.

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Select one of the links below to view cancer and chronic disease information:

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All persons proposing to offer or develop in the District a new institutional health service, or to obligate a capital expenditure to obtain a medical/health asset to be located in the District shall, prior to proceeding with that offering, development, or obligation, obtain from the State Health

Students

The Department of Health College Student Internship Program (DOHCSIP) is designed to create internship experiences that relate to departmental needs and is closely aligned with students’ abilities, professional goals, and areas of interest. 

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Select from the links below to file a specific kind of DOH complaint:

(a) No license or registration shall be issued to a health professional before a criminal background check has been conducted for that person. The applicant for a license or registration shall pay the fee established by the Department of Health for the criminal background check.

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Substance abuse services is administered by the DC Department of Health Addiction Prevention and Recovery Adminstration (APRA). The Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (“APRA”) promotes access to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

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The key focus of early childhood programs is to ensure that all children and families have access to a continuum of comprehensive, high-quality early childhood programs and services that promote child well-being and school readiness and ensure that all children are healthy, ready to learn and hav

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The EMS Division is the regulatory oversight authority for all EMS activities in the District of Columbia.

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Emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific types of hazards, but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard.

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Good Nutrition is for Everyone!

The Department of Health offers a number of programs to help DC residents to choose and get the foods they need to be healthy. These programs include the following:

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The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division inspects the city's 4,700 food establishments.  Those food establishments include boarding homes, commission merchants, dairies, delicatessens, bakeries, candy manufacturers, grocery stores, retail markets, ice cream manufacturers,

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The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects the city's 5,100 +/- food establishments.  Those food establishments include boarding homes, commission merchants, dairies, delicatessens, bakeries, candy manufacturers, grocery stores, retail markets, ice cream m

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The District of Columbia Department of Health supports public health initiatives and health services with local, private (donations) and federal funds.  DOH is awarded an average of $120 million annually in federal funding.  These funds address priority public health and service needs o

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The DC Department of Health has a number of programs to ensure a coordinated system of health care for DC residents. Below please find links to health care facilites and DOH programs that establish and maintain health care facilities in DC.

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