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Promoting the continued development of an optimal system of emergency medical and trauma care, DOH's EMS Division of HEPRA certifies all emergency medical service providers and regulates EMS educational institutions and response organizations in the District. 

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The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration provides a variety of services to help you prepare for a wide range of hazards, both natural and man-made.

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DOH is responsible for the certification of all EMS agencies, including those who provide only first responder or special event services, whether or not the agency uses an ambulance.

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 View a listing of all the current ambulance service providers in the District, including those that provide advanced and basic life support.

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DOH-EMS has a process in place for the review and approval of EMS courses and curricula to ensure that they meet EMS National Educational Standards (NES). 

Training and professional certification

The National EMS Education Standards define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for EMS personnel and supports diverse implementation methods and frequent content updates.

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The EMS Division reviews certification applications and visits EMS educational institutions to ensure students are properly trained in accordance with the EMS Educational Standards. 

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The Emergency Medical Services for Children program aims to improve the quality of pediatric medical care and reduce childhood morbidity and mortality resulting from severe illness or trauma. 

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DOH is responsible for the governance and oversight of emergency medical services in DC, including the certification and regulation of EMS providers, agencies, educational institutions and vehicles.

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Review the requirements, process and status of getting certified to provide emergency medical services in the District. 

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To maintain the quality of emergency medical services in the District, the EMS Division ensures that emergency response organizations and vehicles meet DOH specifications.

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DOH's EMS Vehicle Inspection Program inspects ground and air ambulances, EMS first responder vehicles and equipment to make sure they meet DOH standards, specifications and requirements.

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The EMS Division of the DOH oversees and regulates EMS education in the District of Columbia. This includes the review and certification of EMS educational institutions, curricula and  courses.

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HAHSTA provides epidemiological data and other important reports to inform providers and engage the community  to address gaps and enhance the care system.for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis in the District.

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DOH has compiled a list of health care facility directories based on the kind of medical care needed. 

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The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides fresh vegetables and fruit to women, children and seniors who are nutritionally at risk. 

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Our Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides fresh fruits and vegetables to DC senior citizens who are eligible for CSFP. The program expands the awareness and use of farmers' markets, and supports and promotes the daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Review a list of organizations that offer federal and local funding for qualified health programs.

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The Perinatal and Infant Health Bureau provides awareness campaigns, counseling and education, referrals and follow up services and resources related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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Review the ways to file a complaint against a DC health professional, including submission of a printable PDF form to the Licensing Board that regulates the profession.

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