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Adolescent Health Programs

District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) is a lead agency for Adolescent Health efforts in the District and believes that convening, coordinating, and integrating a multitude of programs and services in the District is critical to achieving District-wide impact.

The Adolescent Health Programs within the Community Health Administration (CHA) is a consortium of community-based organizations, school-based programs, and place-based care settings funded through DC Health to deliver evidence-based practices and innovative programs for adolescents in the District of Columbia to be healthy and able to thrive in the transition from childhood to adulthood.​ Members of the Child, Adolescent and School Health (CASH) Division within CHA provide technical assistance and oversight for the coordination of community-wide Adolescent Health Programs through which providers implement evidence-based or evidence-informed curricula and programs in a variety of settings for elementary, middle, and high school youth, ages 6-21.

Current Areas of Focus​

Pregnancy Prevention in Adolescents​


  • Promote educational success
  • Achieve a reduction in unintended pregnancies
  • Improve prenatal and postnatal health
  • Improve parenting skills
  • Increase access and utilization of health services


  • Crittenton Services of Greater Washington ​– SNEAKERS (Self-efficacy, Nurturance, Expectations, Assertiveness, Knowledge, Empowerment, Responsibility, Success) and PEARLS (Parenting, Education and Responsive Life Skills)

Mental Health including Grief and Trauma-Informed Care​


  • Increase adolescents’ knowledge and access to services
  • Provide mental health screenings
  • Provide individual or group therapy to
  • Engage in service coordination within the District
  • Provide training, consultation, and support on trauma and bereavement to key partner staff


  • Children’s National Medical Center – Project REACH (Resources and Education for Adolescents in Community Health)
  • Wendt Center for Loss & Healing​ – Resilient Scholars Project

Positive Youth Development​


  • Enhancing positive youth development for adolescents to decrease high-risk behaviors
  • Increase adolescent engagement in programming on health and life skills topics
  • Amplify youth voice in Adolescent Health programs across the District
  • Engage in youth violence prevention activities
  • Teach and promote youth advocacy in subject areas such as community safety, medical care and transitioning to adulthood.
  • Train adolescents to offer peer-to-peer support
  • Promote and facilitate health literacy


  • Healthy Babies Project, Inc.​ – Life Empowerment Program
  • Men Can Stop Rape – Positive Youth Development through WISE + MOST Club

If you are interested in receiving more information on a specific program, please contact us via email at [email protected]

For more information, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via phone at (202) 442-5925.


Service Contact: 
Family Health Bureau
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-5905
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4947
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:45 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE