Department of Health

DC Agency Top Menu

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

Community Health Administration

image of healthy people


The goal of the Community Health Administration is to improve health outcomes for targeted populations by promoting coordination within the health care system, by enhancing access to prevention, medical care and support services, and by fostering public participation in the design and implementation of programs for District of Columbia women, infants, children (including children with special health care needs) and other family members. In addition, we provide chronic and communicable disease prevention and control services, community-based forums and grants, expert medical advice, health assessment reports, and pharmaceutical procurement and distribution, disease investigations and disease control services to District residents, workers and visitors so that their health status is improved.

The Administration includes the following bureaus:

Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau
The purpose of the Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau is to provide food, health and nutrition assessments and interventions, education and referral services to District families, infants and children to affect dietary habits, foster physical activity, decrease overweight and obesity rates and thus improve health outcomes among the population.

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Physical Fitness
  • Obesity
  • Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
  • SNAP-Ed

Perinatal and Infant Health Bureau 
The purpose of the Perinatal and Infant Health Bureau is to improve perinatal outcomes for high-risk pregnant and parenting women, and improve the health and development of their infants into early childhood. The current overarching goal is to reduce infant mortality and perinatal health disparities in the District of Columbia.

  • Pregnancy Services
  • DC Healthy Start
  • DC Linking and Tracking Surveillance
  • Safe Sleep Program
  • Newborn Screenings Program

Child, Adolescent and School Health Bureau
The purpose of the Child, Adolescent and School Health Bureau is to improve the health and well-being of all District school-age children and adolescents. Primarily the group will seek to enhance access to preventive, dental, primary and specialty care services for all pre-school, school-age children, and contribute to the development of a coordinated, culturally competent, family-centered health care delivery system for this population.

  • Health and Sexuality Education
  • Immunization
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Oral Health
  • School Based Health Centers
  • School Health Services
  • Violence Prevention and Education

Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention Bureau
The purpose of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau is to reduce the incidences, morbidity and mortality of cancer and chronic disease in the District of Columbia.  The Bureau uses strategies of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; clinical quality improvement; and community engagement and partnerships to achieve its goals.  Its programs address cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, asthma and focus their wellness promotion work in clinical settings, community and faith-based organizations and worksites.

  • Asthma
  • Comprehensive Cancer
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer
  • Cancer Registry
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

Primary Care Bureau
The purpose of the Primary Care Bureau is to increase access to high quality primary health care services within an integrated health care delivery system. The main activities of the Bureau related to increasing the number of health care providers serving in underserved areas and expanding and strengthening the network of health centers providing care to DC residents regardless of their ability to pay. 

  • Allied Health Training
  • National Health Services
  • Shortage Designation
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Refugee Health
  • J1 Waiver

Additional Information

You may select any of the following to obtain additional information: