Health and Safety

Children and youth deserve quality and culturally appropriate health care, mental health services, and nutritious food to learn, grow, and thrive.

DC Action advocates for stronger access to critical health supports such as School-Based Health Services, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, DC Healthy Families, the Immigrant Children’s Program, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.

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Our DC Kids Count initiative provides the best available District-level and ward-level data and key indicators of child and youth well-being to inspire innovative and equitable solutions.

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  • While This Year’s Temporary SNAP Boost Is a Start, District Leaders Must Do More to Eliminate Food Insecurity

    March 26, 2024
    Health and Safety

    Read our policy snapshot to read more about SNAP and our recommendations.  District of Columbia residents facing food insecurity got a bit of a boost in late February when they began receiving the...

    View While This Year’s Temporary SNAP Boost Is a Start, District Leaders Must Do More to Eliminate Food Insecurity
    Blog Post
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    March 20, 2024
    Health and Safety

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal nutrition assistance program that helps eligible low-income children and families afford food. Families ar...

    View Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    Policy Snapshot
  • Testimony of Rachel White, Senior Youth Policy Analyst, before the Committee on Health

    January 29, 2024
    Health and Safety

    Good morning Committee Chair Henderson and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council today by providing testimony regarding the performance of the Dep...

    View Testimony of Rachel White, Senior Youth Policy Analyst, before the Committee on Health
    Testimony