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The national AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), provides HIV-related prescription drugs to underinsured and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The District of Columbia AIDS Drug Assistance Program (DC ADAP) is the part of ADAP that serves the Citizens in Washington, DC.

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DC’s Health Professional Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to eligible District providers practicing in certified "Service Obligation Sites" for contract periods of two to four years.

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Healthy Start is a free program for pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.  Services include free pregnancy testing, screening for depression, substance abuse or domestic violence, support and education services and case management.

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DC Newborn Metabolic Screening Program requires all DC hospitals to screen for 40 inherited genetic disorders that are treatable by diet, vitamins and/or medication, or by anticipatory measures in an effort to prevent attacks and to diagnose and treat babies who tests positive.

The Quality Collaborative

The DC Quality Collaborative is a well-defined network of community partners and resources that provides seamless accessibility to quality HIV-related care and services for all Ryan White consumers in the DC metropolitan region.

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The DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx) provides information about medications and other therapeutic options to physicians and healthcare professionals.

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The Vital Records Division has death certificates dating back to August 1874. Death records become public 50 years after the date of death. 

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The DOH-sponsored School-Based Oral Health Program serves children at-risk for not receiving dental care and provides free basic dental services at partnering DC Public Schools (DCPS), DC Public Charter Schools (DCPCS), and Head Start Centers/Early Child Learning Centers.

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The DC Board of Dentistry regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the District. The Board evaluates qualifications, administers exams, and recommends standards and procedures. Moreover, the Board issues licenses, receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, conducts hearings, and issues an annual report.

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The District of Columbia Diabetes Control Program was established to reduce the burden of diabetes in the District of Columbia through partnerships aimed at policy change, sustainable community programming, and health system quality improvements.

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Get information on DOH's Board of Dietetics and Nutrition license requirements, application forms, regulations and other important resources for candidates.

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DOH has formed the Injury Surveillance Advisory Committee to develop a District Trauma System consistent with best practices and national standard guidelines; align our Trauma System to optimize health reform and patient protection under the Affordable Care Act of 2009; and review and report on Injury Surveillance and Trauma Registry data that can be used to decrease injuries, increase trauma capacity, and improve the overall quality of trauma services in the District.

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Dog licenses are issued by the Animal services program. Dog owners must show proof that their pets have had rabies and distemper shots and renew their dog’s license each year. Get more information about licensing requirements, fees, and procedures.

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The Department of Health partners with community-based organizations, health-care providers and government agencies to achieve mutual health care objectives.  

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Use our Telephone Directory to connect more quickly and directly to the service division you need.

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The Domestic Partnership Registration Rule allows unmarried persons, whether of the same sex or different genders and regardless of one's place of residence,  to register as domestic partners in the District. Registration enables the partners to be eligible to receive health care insurance coverage if one of the partners works for and was employed by the District government after 1987, and guarantees the partners mutual visitation rights in hospitals, and nursing homes.  

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The Pharmaceutical Control Office reviews each drug manufacturer or distribution application and determines an applicant's eligibility for licensure.

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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 have safe passage through the early years. 

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The ECCS Program strives to engage stakeholders to create a more unified and comprehensive child development system that helps children in all of the District’s eight Wards regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and development and behavioral needs to be healthy and ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

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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.