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The Department of Health provides support for the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) and the former Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) Clinic sites that were a part of the DC General Hospital so that residents have ongoing access to specialty and primary care.

The DC Board of Medicine regulates the practice of acupuncture.

Public health threats are always present. They include natural disasters; biological, chemical, and radiological incidents; and explosions. The impact of these threats can range from local outbreaks to incidents with national or global ramifications.

The applications package for the Ambulatory Surgical Center must include all documents listed in the chart below. The Department reviews each application package and determines an applicant's eligibility for a license.

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Animal Adoptions
Animal Care and Control Facility  

The mission of the Animal Disease Control Division is to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases transmitted from animals to humans through timely investigations, referrals, follow-up, licensing, enforcement and providing field services throughout the District. 

Dog and cat asleep

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


Assisted Living Residence Regulatory (ALR) Act of 2000 became effective on June 24, 2000. The act was implemented August 17, 2007.

Health and human services
What is Asthma?

With the adoption of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification requirement in the District, The EMS Division has also adopted the NREMT practical examination standard.


The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) is a monthly telephone survey conducted in every state in the US, as well as some possessions and territories.

Bio-hazard signs
What is Bioterrorism?
Diverse babies

The Vital Records Division maintains open and closed birth certificates dating back to August 1874.  Closed birth records date less than 100 years from the date of birth.

The District of Columbia Board of Chiropractic (BOC), a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), has the responsibility to regulate the practice of chiropractic medicine in the District of Columbia.

Mission Statement

"To protect and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of District of Columbia residents by promoting evidence-based best practices in health regulation, high standards of quality care and implementing policies that prevent adverse events."

The DC Board of Medicine regulates Surgical Assistants. The application comes to the Board through the advisory committee.

 The Board of Nursing regulates the following providers of health care: registered nurses (RNs); licensed practical nurses (LPNs); advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to include: nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners; and nursing assis