DC Cuts to Services for People with Disabilities

The D.C. Department on Disability Services (DDS) has decided not to renew Georgetown University’s contract that provides services to disabled residents through its DDA Health Initiative, as reported in an article in the Washington Post. The decision was made quietly and has unnerved those who work closest with the city’s most vulnerable residents. They fear that it … Continue reading DC Cuts to Services for People with Disabilities

Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city

According to this article in Washington City Paper, Doctors Blame D.C.'s High Asthma Rates in Part on Poor Housing, Ankoor Shah, a pediatrician and assistant professor at George Washington University, says that the asthma epidemic “disproportionately affects poor, urban minority children. And the severity is worse, specifically when you think about Wards 7 and 8.” Read … Continue reading Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city

High Asthma Rates in DC Blamed on Poor Housing

Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city Darrow Montgomery reports in Washington CityPaper that Children’s National emergency room data show that children who live in Ward 8 have 20 to 25 times the number of ER visits, total, as their counterparts who live in more affluent … Continue reading High Asthma Rates in DC Blamed on Poor Housing

Op-Ed: This Mother’s Day, Let’s Stand Up For Each Other

Adrienne Prentice, co-founder of MotherNation, wrote an op-ed about the disparity in health care for mothers in Washington, DC where "the maternal death rates are DOUBLE the national rates and nearly 75% of District mothers who died of complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth between 2014 and 2016 were African-American. And at least 50% of … Continue reading Op-Ed: This Mother’s Day, Let’s Stand Up For Each Other