Grant-Funded Initiatives

Many foundations have supported an array of programs across MedStar Health to benefit and advance healthcare in the communities that we serve. We are truly grateful to each and every funder who has contributed through grants – thank you!

Below are a few key examples of grant-funded initiatives.

KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Since 1992, the Community Pediatrics Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been focused on overcoming barriers to healthcare for underserved children to achieve better health.

In response to persistent health disparities in Washington, D.C., The KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile serves children and adolescents by providing well-patient checkups, immunizations, ophthalmology exams, sick visits, chronic illness management, and referrals to specialists without charge. Learn more about the program.

Thanks to our generous grant partners, the 40-foot mobile pediatric clinic travels each week to six locations in the most disenfranchised neighborhoods, bringing medical care right to those who need it. The clinic also offers wide-ranging adolescent services and coordinated care for mental health and social services.

The KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile has provided more than 50,000 patient visits to children and adolescents since the beginning of the program.

Grant Partners:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.
  • The Joseph E. & Marjorie B. Jones Foundation
  • CVS/Caremark Charitable Trust
  • Clark-Winchcole Foundation
  • W. O’Neill Foundation
  • Michele Snyder Foundation

KIDS Mobile Bus

Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood

In 2016, MedStar Washington Hospital Center launched the Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood program, to increase early detection and prevention of colon cancer. Despite the fact that colon cancer is preventable, there are still many D.C. residents living in Ward 5 who are diagnosed with advanced colon cancer each year.

Ultimately, the goal of this program is to significantly increase colorectal cancer screenings to reduce disparities and save lives. Since its inception, the program has deployed patient navigators to work with Ward 5 residents, building partnerships to deliver colon cancer education, perform risk assessments and distribute easy-to-use fecal immunochemical (FIT) tests that can be done at home.

This program has been recognized by former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, as a pioneering effort to promote equitable access to cancer screening and care for underserved populations.

With support from our generous grant partners, our clinicians and their teams have been able to offer accessible colon cancer screenings and education in the community. "This is the best and most satisfying project I have been a part of in my 25 years at Washington Hospital Center," said David Shocket, MD, Director of Gastroenterology, who performs the program’s colonoscopies.

Grant Partners:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Cigna Foundation
  • Herb Gordon Foundation for Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Private and anonymous donors

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Patient Navigation Project

Early detection through cancer screenings saves lives. That’s why MedStar Health is part of Maryland’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP), providing breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and patient navigation services to women across the state. MedStar has been awarded 5 year contracts with the State in 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017. Since 2002, MedStar has provided more than 14,000 screenings as well as outreach and education to those in need.

Yearly breast exams, mammograms, and regular pap tests help to detect breast and cervical problems early. When problems are found early, they can be treated more easily, potentially saving lives. The BCCP Program offers the following to eligible participants:

  • A yearly clinical breast exam (CBE)
  • A yearly mammogram starting at age 40.
  • Regular Pap test or Pap with HPV co-testing

Services are provided to eligible women age 40 and older who are low income, uninsured, or insured with health insurance that does not completely pay for needed services. Patient navigation services help women overcome obstacles to completing their regular cancer screening tests, even if they have health insurance.

Through the generosity of our philanthropic partners, the benefits of early screening, early detection and personalized navigation will continue to save lives in the community.

Grant Partners:

  • The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


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