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Community Spotlight: Unity Health Care

Unity Health Care combines compassion with comprehensive health and human services to promote healthier families and stronger communities. With more than 20 traditional and nontraditional health centers, as well as a medical outreach mobile unit, they provide a wide variety of health care needs to District residents, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Unity managed the health expo at the Safeway Feast of Sharing in November, and we are delighted to feature them in this month’s Community Spotlight. We spoke with Audrey White, Director of Corporate and Community Relations, about Unity’s work to keep DC residents healthy.

How did Unity Health Care get its start?

From the start, Unity Health Care has been committed to serving the health needs of our communities. Originally founded in 1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP), HCHP provided primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia. In 1997, HCHP officially changed its name to Unity Health Care as care expanded from serving people experiencing homelessness to providing primary and specialty care to District residents. Over the past three decades we have grown into a network of over 20 traditional and non-traditional health centers.

Mission Statement

Promoting healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay.

What type of health care do you offer?

Primary Care

  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics

Specialties

  • Behavioral health
  • Dental
  • Hepatitis B and C treatment
  • HIV and Other Infectious Diseases
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Social services/Case management

What services do you offer for teen and young adults?

Unity provides a safe, friendly, and comfortable environment to meet the healthcare needs of teens and young adults at several of our locations. Our clinical staff and providers have a particular passion for working with teens and young adults.

What about Unity’s work with the homeless population?

We offer quality health care services at shelters in the District for our most vulnerable population, people experiencing homelessness. We started this work over 30 years ago and are dedicated to continuing to offer this much needed service to our community. Services are currently offered in 10 homeless shelters located across the District and include primary and specialty medical care.

How can I access health care with Unity?

Call 202-469-4699 to schedule an appointment at a location near you for your primary care. We're also proud to offer on-site pharmacies at our Parkside and Upper Cardozo Health Center for your medical prescriptions. Need a refill or want to learn more about pharmacy services? Visit our website or call (844) 370-6200.

What are some ways to support Unity Health Care?

Financial contributions to Unity Health Care help support the almost $5 million in charity care, Unity provides each year. No amount is too small and all donations are welcome. We also host three exciting events each year to include our Ladies Choice event, Annual Golf Charity Fundraiser, and Winter Ball. To learn more, visit Ways to Support at www.unityhealthcare.org.