Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC

Residents east of the Anacostia River aren’t known to go to the John A. Wilson Building for city business, but they turned out in droves on Oct. 25 to let D.C. Council member Vincent Gray know how they want the United Medical Center supported unconditionally by the city government. Read the full article in the … Continue reading Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC

Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.

Residents of Southeast DC and health workers at United Medical Center testified about the status of health services east of the river at a hearing before the health committee of the DC Council on Friday, October 25. United Medical Center staff say they are overworked and need more support in the interim, as residents suffer … Continue reading Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.

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