Special Programs and Support Groups:

HUH C.A.R.E.S. (Comprehensive Area Resources, Entitlements and Services)

Howard University Hospital Comprehensive Areas of Resources, Entitlements and Services (HUH CARES) provides a coordinated, community-wide approach to planning and delivering health services for HIV affected women, men, adolescents, children and their families. The project provides free outpatient medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and social services for HIV positive uninsured and underinsured residents living in the District of Columbia. All CARES services are provided at no cost to the client.


To expand and improve access to primary care service coordination and referrals for individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS.

To provide sensitive and comprehensive services to meet the needs of all ages, gender identification and languages of HIV positive individuals.

To ensure health promotion and improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with HIV and AIDS.

To provide a comprehensive and "family-centered" one-stop shopping system of care for HIV infected individuals and families

The HUH CARES Program Provides:

Primary Medical Care: Office Visits; Physical Exams; HIV Testing; STD Testing; Pregnancy Testing; TB Testing; PAP Smears

Dental Service: Dental Exams; Radiology; Prophylaxis; Oral Cancer Treatment; Soft Tissue Biopsy; Microscopic Evaluation

Case Management: Comprehensive Assessment of Client Needs; Assisting Clients In Acquiring Services

Nutritional Services: Dietary assessment and management

Mental Health Services: Individual Adult and Adolescent Counseling; Family and Couples Counseling; Group Counseling; Psychiatric Medication Management

Subspecialty Care

HIV Counseling and Testing

Interpreter Services

Who is Eligible?

Uninsured and underinsured HIV positive men, women, adolescents and children residing in the District of Columbia.

To Make a Referral or an Appointment, Contact:

Dorothy Clark, MSW
Case Management Coordinator, HUH CARES
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
2041 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20060
Phone: 202-865-4564
Fax: 202-865-4580

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday


Davene M. White, R.N., M.P.H., PI/Director
Dorothy Clark, M.S.W., Case Manager Coordinator
Vernessa Perry, M.P.H., Oral Health Coordinator
Edith Swann, R.N., Ph.D., Quality Assurance Coordinator
Orissa Brown, M.S.W., Grants Analyst
Karen Peterson, Administrative Assistant
Initiaz Choudhary, M.D., Primary Care Physician
Andre Farquharson D.D.S., Primary Care Dentist
George Thomas, D.D.S., Pediatric Primary Care Dentist
Omar Abdul-Malik, P.A.-C, Physician Assistant
Bridgette Tucker, R.N., Treatment Adherence Specialist
Jocelyn Hamer, Clinical Care Assistant
Darrick Whitley, Case Manager
Danielle Munro Blackshear, M.Ed, Case Manager
Shelton Wallace, Case Manager
Tavon Brown, Case Manager
Monica Smith, Case Manager
Lenora McClain, Ph.D., Mental Health Counselor
Tracy Adams, Project Intern
Darlene Johnson, Project Intern
Antonise Morton, Project Intern
Ezekiel Prince, Project Intern

Boarder Baby Project

A “boarder baby” is defined as any pediatric patient who remains hospitalized without medical problems to justify the prolonged stay. The children are often “hard-to-place” and have been labeled as “born-to-lose” and “children in limbo.” US Department of Health and Human Services reports 10,000 “boarder babies” are deserted in 851 hospitals nationwide. There is an average of 303 boarder babies on any given day in US hospitals, 75 percent are African American; 12 percent are White, 8 percent are Hispanic and 75 percent test positive for alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Families are known to Child Protective Services, are homeless, and all live below poverty level.

Nearly 24 percent of these infants stay in the hospital from three weeks to three months after medical clearance for discharge Two-thirds of all boarder babies go to foster homes and 19 percent go to relatives. The Howard University Hospital Boarder Babies Program was established in 1989, to provide support services for children in unstable home environments, out of home placements, or kinship care placements. The program has grown to include children ages 5 through 13 years old residing in the Kelly-Miller/LeDroit Park Community surrounding HUH, and the children of incarcerated women from the District of Columbia.

The program offers: summer camp enrollment and transportation, Saturday and holiday activities during the school year, family counseling and support, child and family mentoring, tutoring and school participation. Monetary donations can be made payable to the Howard University Hospital (HUH) Boarder Babies Program and mailed to the address below. For additional information please contact:

Davene M. White, R.N., M.P.H.
Director, Boarder Babies Program
Howard University Hospital
2041 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20060




Communiversity was established May 29, 1998, as a Boarder Babies Prevention Project, to improve the lives of the children in our community by teaching them to set personal objectives that allow them to work independently or collectively, organizational skill building, encouragement of high self-esteem and education, bridging international and cultural gaps, and strengthening bonds that make the community active. Communiversity also aims to boost the morale of the community while improving safety. This effort was completed through building and introducing the Communiversity Park and Playground to the Ledroit Park/Kelly Miller community. As a result of the community collaborative an environment was created where area youth could remain H.A.T.E. (HIV, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Emergency) Free.


There are many inequalities/high risk behaviors within minority neighborhoods. These current trends put a strain on the community's social status and economics, and hamper additional opportunities to better the community and its environment. These disparities often mean the difference in one’s health and often expose a community to avenues that lead to substance abuse, poor sexual decisions, crime and violence. With this ongoing, recognized plight, Howard University Hospital has made an effort to create a healthier atmosphere through the involvement, education and empowerment of its members on their responsibility (both to themselves and others) to establish and maintain a safe and healthy dwelling place.

This effort will be made possible by:

Involvement – An established partnership by all sectors of the community (Howard University Hospital, Howard University, Kelly Miller/Ledroit Park and other members of the community).

Education – Using a Prevention/Health Promotion approach to maintaining healthy living and activities.

Empowerment – Motivating on the importance of maintaining as well as teaching others about wellness (a healthy balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts), and equipping children in the community with the necessary tools in order to remain H.A.T.E. Free.


To involve, educate and empower the community through neighboring partnerships in order to maintain wellness. The Boarder Babies Communiversity Project will increase opportunities for children-at-risk to lead healthy, more productive lives within the context of their family and the community.

For additional information, please contact:
Davene M. White, R.N., M.P.H.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Course Schedule:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007 

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007  


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

October 16, 2007 and March 11, 2008 – New Instructor Courses

June 2008 and July 2008 – New Interns Only


Course Fees:

Hospital-based/Institutional Instructor Course, $95.00

Provider Course, $75.00

Provider Renewal Course, $65.00

Book Only, $50.00

Checks/Money orders should be payable to HUH Department Pediatrics NRP Course
Time and Location:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Howard University Hospital
2041 Georgia Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20060
Room 3-J-14

Class size is limited to twelve (12) individuals.
Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration must be completed at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of the course.
To obtain registration information and materials please contact:
Darlene Johnson, NRP Project Intern
Phone: 202-865-4757

W.I.C. (Women Infant Child)

Howard University Hospital W.I.C. Family Center

2041 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20060
First Floor - Pediatric Services

Families who are currently enrolled in D.C. Health Families Medicaid, T.A.N.F., and the Food Stamp Program are financially eligible for the W.I.C. program.

For more information, please call: 202-865-4942 (4WIC)

For more information, please call: 202-627-7851
Chartered Family Health/W.I.C. Family Center
3924 Minnesota Ave N.E., Washington, D.C. 20019 

Project ROSE

Howard University Hospital, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health conducts child find activities for the purpose of identifying and referring infants and toddlers who may be eligible for Part C services in the District of Columbia. The HUH Child Find Early Intervention Services disseminates information about the District’s Part C program and early intervention services to ensure child find activities, including outreach and identification, are available to families. HUH Early Intervention Services bring child find screening and developmental assessments to HUH.

This Hospital-based collaboration is achieved through partnerships with the HUH Child Development Center, departments and providers within Howard University Hospital and the HUH W.I.C. Family Center, Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Hospital-based Child Find services have been provided since 1993, for infants and toddlers born at or accessing services of Howard University Hospital. HUH Child Find identified hundreds of Part C eligible infants and toddlers, and provides continued case management support for children of HIV positive and/or substance abusing mothers.

The purpose of the HUH Hospital-based Child Find early intervention program services is to ensure that infants and toddlers are identified, evaluated and receive necessary early intervention services by qualified persons as outlined in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C, 34 CFR, Part 303. The Project ROSE staff has considerable experience in working with homeless and substance abusing parents.

Howard University Hospital Child Find has existing linkages and collaborative
agreements established with service providers, community pediatricians, community-based health care providers, and community-based services designed for families with young children. Collaborative Agreements are established with the Chartered Family Health Center, Chartered W.I.C. Family Center, D.C. Chartered Health Plan Mobile Van, HUH W.I.C. Family Center Mobile Van site at Perry School/Walker Jones, and the HUH Child Development Center.

The Child Find Specialist obtains consent to release any and all reports regarding the needs of the infant or toddler from the parent when referring all infants and toddlers to D.C.EIP. The Child Find Specialist assures compliance with requirements for implementation of D.C.EIP established policies, procedures and the use of forms.

The coordinator and director are Denver II Master Instructors. The Child Find Specialist will be sent to Denver in January 2006 to become a Denver II Master Instructor. From October through January, the Child Find Specialist will be trained in the Denver by the Child Find Coordinator. The Child Find Specialist has been proving Hospital-based Child Find for a little over one year.

For more information please contact:

Dorese Eubanks
Child Find Specialist

B.L.E.S.S. (Breastfeeding Lactation Education Support Services)

What is B.L.E.S.S.?

The B.L.E.S.S. Initiative is a project of the Department of Pediatrics and Family Services and Howard University Hospital W.I.C.

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Beautiful Beginnings Club
Our meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 3-J-14 at Howard University Hospital.

Bring a pregnant or breastfeeding friend. Your baby is welcome!

National Breastfeeding Support Center
Having Breastfeeding problems or concerns? Our Center is open for appointments 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., located on the first floor of Howard University Hospital

Childbirth Education Classes
Learn what to expect during labor and how to give your baby the best start through breastfeeding! For more information and appointments, please call  202-865-1316.

Need help Breastfeeding?

Michal Young, M.D., F.A.A.P., I.B.C.L.C.
Medical Director of Lactation Services

Gwendolyn West, C.C.E., I.B.C.L.C.
Lactation consultant

Davene M. White, R.N., M.P.H.
Lactation Specialist

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

National Breastfeeding Support Center

Health, lactation and nutrition education added to each childbirth education class is needed to encourage breastfeeding and nutritious decisions for African American and Hispanic women, infants, children and families of the District of Columbia. The National Breastfeeding Support Center builds on positive outcomes from the pilot’s focus on labor, delivery and post partum periods as key points for breastfeeding decisions and initiation. From February 2003 through August 2003 B.L.E.S.S. Lactation Consultants worked with 181 women delivering at Howard University Hospital. The intervention resulted in 120 (66.3 percent) initiating breastfeeding. Phase II recognizes lessons learned from these women, which included the need for childbirth education. Access to prenatal education was identified as a health disparity for low-income women. Howard University Hospital Childbirth Preparation Classes reported a low enrollment (less than 10 percent) of W.I.C. eligible families.

The National Breastfeeding Support Center broadens access to breastfeeding support and education for women in the District of Columbia. With an emphasis on nutrition, health and breastfeeding, The N.B.S.C. structures prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding education and support services for women throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. Howard University Hospital W.I.C. and B.L.E.S.S. Family Center coordinate this increased access to needed childbirth education and enhance the standard childbirth education curriculum to include aspects of breastfeeding support and nutrition education at each session.

Goal I is to incorporate lactation, breastfeeding and nutrition education into each childbirth education class. Lactation Consultants provide prenatal and postpartum education and support, emphasizing breastfeeding promotion to the pregnant population in the District of Columbia.

Goal II is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates by 50 percent among African American mothers in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The N.B.S.C. targets the prenatal period to increase breastfeeding and utilization of childbirth education in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Breastfeeding and nutrition education is included in each childbirth education session. The N.B.S.C. utilizes lactation consultants as child birth educators and W.I.C. public health nutritionists to enhance currently available childbirth education. Lactation consultants are the lead instructors for childbirth education classes and are also the primary source of postpartum breastfeeding support.

For more information please contact:
Gwen West, IBCLC
District of Columbia Department of Health
W.I.C. State Agency

Davene McCarthy White, R.N., M.P.H.
HUH W.I.C. and B.L.E.S.S. Initiative
Principal Investigator

Michal Young, M.D.
Co-PI and B.L.E.S.S. Initiative Project Director

Pediatric Hematology and HIV Research Unit

Dr. Sohail Rana is the principal investigator of the Pediatric Hematology and HIV Research Unit in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. The unit is currently funded for several national research projects including:

International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT). We are funded through Westat, Inc. for this NICHD project. We have been conducting HIV clinical trials at Howard University for the past 15 years, for children, adolescents, and young adults infected with or exposed to HIV, as well as for HIV infected pregnant women. Several trials are currently open to enrollment, including:

P1065, Phase I/II Study of Safety and Immunogenicity of Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine in HIV-Infected Youth 

P1066, Phase I/II Multicenter, Open-Label, Noncomparative Study of the International, Pediatric, Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Group to Evaluate the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Antiviral Activity of MK-0518 in HIV-1 Infected Children and Adolescents

For more information please contact Shipra Sharma at 202-865-6970 or Patricia Yu at 202-865-4578. As a part of this project we operate a Community Advisory Board (CAB). We are always interested in recruiting new members who have an interest in HIV, and HIV research and the impact of this disease in Washington, DC and across the world. For information please contact Pastor Daniel Hall, at 240-595-2235.

Pediatric Hydroxyurea Phase III Clinical Trial (Baby HUG). The clinical trial is an NIH NHLBI sponsored trial of the medication Hydroxyurea in very young children with sickle cell disease. The trial is currently continuing, but is closed to new enrollments. For information please contact Caroline Reed, at 202-865-4579.

District of Columbia Greater Access to Care (DC GAPS). DC GAPS is an HRSA sponsored project to offer follow up and services to newborns and young children recently diagnosed with sickle cell disease and their families. Services include transportation assistance, medical care coordination, parent support groups, and recreational activities. For information please contact Folasade Akereyeni at 202-865-4443. Please visit our website at http://www.curesicklecelldisease.com.

Pulmonary Hypertension Research Screening Study (PUSH). The study is an observational clinical trial to investigate pulmonary hypertension in children and adults with sickle cell disease. The study includes free pulmonary evaluations for participants, and is currently open to new enrollments. Please contact Erin Yeagley at 202-865-4553 for more information.

Allergy/Immunology, Appointments- Clinic
Dr. Elena R. Reece, 202-865-6741

Audiology Services, Appointments
Dr. Tanyka Perry, 202-865-6963

Emergency Care Pediatrics
Dr. Habib Shariat
Dr. Millicent Collins, 202-865-6100

Child Development Center, Appointments
Dr. Edwin Powell, 202-865-1592

Dermatology, Appointments (closed on Thursdays)
Clinic, 202-865-1808
Dr. Rebat Halder, Chief

Endocrinology, Appointments
Clinic, 202-865-3028
Dr. Gail Nunlee-Bland, 202-865-4758

Family Center Public Health Services
Davene M. White. RN. NNP, MPH, Director
Bless Lactation Support, 202-865-3505
HUH CARES (HIV/AIDS), 202-865-4842
HUH WIC Family Center, 202-865-4942
Project ROSE (Early Intervention), 202-865-4816

Genetic Counseling, Appointments
Barbara Willis-Harrison, 202-806-6329 or 202-865-7243
(Pager Number 7276)

Hematology/Oncology, Appointments
Dr. Sohail Rana, 202-865-4583

Neonatology, Appointments
(Special well baby) Clinic
Dr. Michal Young, 202-865-1539
Dr. Fariborz Rahbar, 202-865-1539
Dr. Pauline Ting, 202-865-1539

Neurology, Appointments
Clinic, 202-865-1401
Dr. Annapuri Jayam-Trouth, 202-865-1546

Ophthalmology, Appointments
Dr. Melissa Kern, 202-865-1530

Orthopedic Surgery, Appointments
Dr. Terry Thompson, 202-865-1183
Dr. Robert Wilson, 202-865-1183
Pediatric Dental Clinic, 202-806-0307

Pediatric Dental Clinic
Appointments,  202-806-0307

Urology, Appointments (circumcision for infants and children)
Dr. Aaron Jackson, 202-865-1314
Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, 202-865-7720