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The District of Columbia Cancer Control Program aims to prevent early deaths from cancer, late cancer diagnosis and missed screening opportunities for all DC residents.

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DOH provides information and resources for chronic diseases such as Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tobacco-related illness, and Cancer.

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DOH's Capital Expansion Projects provide for the  expansion and enhancement of existing health care facilities and the construction of new facilities in underserved areas.

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Improve your response to and survival of an attack with weapons capable of creating mass casualties and disrupting society.

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A Certificate of Need allows health care providers to establish new facilities or services, make certain capital expenditures, or take certain other actions as specified in DC Official Code 44 – 401.

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Get information on DOH's Board of Nursing license and certification requirements, regulations and process as well as important resources for candidates. Go to Pearson Vue Credential Management System to apply for Nurse Aide examination, endorsement, or renewal.

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The Chemistry section analyzes blood specimens for lead levels.  The Chemical Terrorism section provides emergency response to suspected and actual chemical terrorism events.

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The Intermediate Care Facilities Division regulates child-placing agencies and provides information and applications for licensing, incident reporting and a child placement agency directory.

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View an alphabetical listing of reports from licensure surveys conducted on child placing agencies. 

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The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program aims to improve the health outcomes by ensuring their access to coordinated primary and specialty health care and other services in partnership with their families and community organizations

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The Foodborne Disease Surveillance program is responsible for the surveillance and investigation of foodborne outbreaks and enteric diseases within the District of Columbia.

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The Department of Health College Student Internship Program (DOHCSIP) enhances the educational aspects of the career development process, provides a system of accountability and professionalism and provides an opportunity for students to test their aptitude for, or interest in a selected field. 

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DOH's Health Regulation and Licensing Administration has compiled a list of communicable disease testing laboratories in the area.

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The Health and Intermediate Care Facility reviews all application documents and forms to determine if the requirements are met for site survey and ultimately facility licensure.

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DOH accepts complaints and incident reports regarding restaurant or food establishments, non-food establishments, healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals.

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To reduce the risk of sexually transmitted disease (STD) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission, DOH offers information and condom purchase forms for DC residents and businesses.

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The Pharmaceutical Control Division (PCD) licenses and regulates pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmaceutical distributors and suppliers.  PCD also administers the District’s controlled substances registration program, which registers health professionals, pharmacies, and health facilities that receive, dispense and prescribe controlled substances in the District. 

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View the requirements and regulations regarding criminal background checks for applicants for an initial license, registration, or certification; renewal of a license, registration, or certification; reinstatement of a license registration or certification; or person going from an inactive status to active status. 

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The Board of Dance Therapy reviews each application package and determines an applicant's eligibility for a license. Get the instructions, application and checklist here.

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DOH compiles and reports public health and safety data and statistics to help determine which diseases and illnesses need attention in the District of Columbia communities.