District of Columbia Department of Health
Dr. Mohammad N. Akhter is the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Healthexternal icon. Under Dr. Akhter’s leadership, the DC Department of Health is focused on improving the quality of care in the District. His top priorities include implementation of healthcare reform, expansion of HIV services and making them available on demand, supporting the training programs for DC residents to qualify for jobs in healthcare and improving access to quality care across the District. The mission of the District of Columbia Department of Healthexternal icon is to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia. Our responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.
The HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA)external icon is the core District government agency to prevent HIV/AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis, reduce transmission of the diseases and provide care and treatment to persons with the diseases. HAHSTA partners with health and community-based organizations to offer testing and counseling, prevention education and intervention, free condoms, medical support, free medication and insurance, housing, nutrition, personal care, emergency services, and direct services at its STD and TB Clinics and more for residents of the District and the metropolitan region. HAHSTA administers the District’s budget for HIV/AIDS, STD, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis programs, provides grants to service providers, monitors programs, and tracks the incidence of HIV, AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis in the District of Columbia.
Below you will find a link to this jurisdiction’s Approved Phase 1 ECHPP plan. These plans are living documents that will be updated by the jurisdiction as new data or information become available. Templates for these workbooks which were developed for this project can be found on the ECHPP Tools Page.