Community Pediatrics Philanthropy


Janine A. Rethy, MD, MPH
[email protected]
Division Chief, Community Pediatrics
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

On behalf of the children and families we serve, the Division of Community Pediatrics extends deepest gratitude to current and future funders of our meaningful work. The Division of Community Pediatrics gives individuals, private foundations, government agencies, and corporate partners the opportunity to impact health outcomes in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

Much more than “charity care,” the Division of Community Pediatrics tests models of health education and health care systems delivery to create lasting change in public health. Our involvement in the local and national community pediatric landscapes ensures collaborative, cutting edge, data-driven, and scalable solutions to some of today’s most pressing causes of population health disparities. Fully philanthropically funded for more than 25 years, the Division of Community Pediatrics empowers families to shape healthy futures for their children.

Thanks to the breadth and depth of the Division of Community Pediatrics' operations, donors can support the health and wellness of children, families, and communities with direct investments in:

Clinical Services Provided by Community Pediatrics

  • KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (KMMC/RMCM): Funds support staffing, equipment, and supplies so that families can receive care without the barriers of insurance status and travel.
  • The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Focused on FITNESS Program: Quality food is the basis of lasting health. For families experiencing food insecurity, nutritional choices can make a difference in children’s life-long well being. An investment in the FITNESS (Fun In Teaching Nutrition and Exercise to Successful Students) program is an investment in healthy futures for families.
  • School-Based Health Clinics: Caring for children where they learn has created a revolutionary shift in health care access. As school-based health care models grow and expand, co-located health education, mental health, social support, and community resources give children and emerging adults the care they need to live healthy lives.
  • Community Outreach and Engagement: Donor support for community outreach provides the Division of Community Pediatrics the resources to be ever-present at health fairs and events where families can learn about the importance of proactive healthy living.

Medical Education and Advancement of Community Pediatrics

Research has shown that medical students engaged in community health programs they go on to provide care in similar settings – filling identified gaps in the health care workforce. Philanthropic support for the Division of Community Pediatrics' medical education prepares some of today’s brightest minds to work in the field of primary community-based health promotion and care.

Map of Our Services