In partnership with DC Health, the Division of Community Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital operates two school-based health centers (SBHCs) at D.C. Public Schools. These sites are located at Anacostia High School in Ward 8 and Roosevelt High School in Ward 4.
Both MedStar Georgetown-operated SBHC locations first began as KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® (KMMC/RMCM) locations, later transforming into permanent centers. Each SBHC works closely with community partners in order to provide the best possible care.
The Ward 4 and Ward 8 SBHCs allow students to access high-quality healthcare conveniently, without worrying about finding transportation to an appointment, missing school, or not having insurance. The SBHCs can serve as a student’s primary healthcare provider, or supplement care received elsewhere. Each SBHC offers medical, oral, social, mental health, and referral services.
Services Offered by School-Based Health Centers
The SBHCs provide a wide range services, including:
Primary and Preventive Care
- Well-child visits
- Sports physicals
- Chronic disease management
- Nutrition counseling
- Acute care and sick visits
- Substance abuse screening
- Mental health screenings
Reproductive/Sexual Health Services
- Provided by MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting (TAPP) Program
- Confidential family planning and pregnancy testing
- Confidential Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, counseling, and treatment
- Prenatal care
- Behavioral healthcare
- Mental health screening, counseling, and psychiatric services
- Oral Health Screening and examination
- Fluoride Varnish treatment
- Education and counseling
- On site testing for strep throat, urinary tract and bladder infections, blood glucose and more
- Phlebotomy (blood draws) for all relevant lab tests
Accepting Enrolled Students and Their Children
Our providers welcome all enrolled students at Anacostia or Roosevelt high schools, as well as any children of enrolled students.
Our care comes with no direct cost to patients—families will not be billed for care. If students do not have insurance, a case manager is available to help students apply, but a lack of insurance is never a barrier to care. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers free medical interpretation in 175 languages, including American Sign Language.
Available Where and When Patients Need Us
The SBHCs are open during the school day, including lunchtime, so that students can access services easily. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the school year. We remain open during the summer and school breaks on a modified schedule. An on-call physician is always available, even when the SBHCs are closed.
- Janine Rethy, MD, MPH, Chief of Community Pediatrics
- Ana Caskin, MD, Medical Director of Anacostia SHS
- Maria Aramburu, MD, MPH,Medical Director of Roosevelt SHS
- Lucinda Bien-Aime, MD, MPH
- Jacqueline Francis, MD
- Karen Ganacias, MD
- Christina Ndjatou, CRNP, Anacostia Senior High School