For Immediate Release – November 14, 2014

DCNA’s Victorious Campaign to Fund the DC Healthy Start Program Brings Over 7 million in Grant Funding

In response to the advocacy of DCNA, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the District of Columbia Department of Health $7.95 million for the next four and half years, with $1.8 million in each of the first four years.


DCNA is celebrating this win after its efforts in rallying and lobbying for additional funds for the DC Healthy Start Program.  “DCNA fought for the mothers and children in the District and the hard work and dedication of our nurses” states DCNA’s Acting Executive Director Ed Smith, “We are pleased to see that the work of DCNA contributed to the continuance of this invaluable program.”

For DCNA, the fight is not over.  DC Healthy Start Program’s previous budget was $3.7 million per fiscal year and $1.8 is a little over half of the previous year budget.  Since 1991, the DC Healthy Start Program has drastically lowered the infant mortality rate of the District and improved perinatal outcomes for high risk pregnant mothers and the development of infants.  This decrease in funding is detrimental to program and will lead to the abandonment of some mothers and children in the District.  It may also risk the achievement of lowering the District’s infant mortality rate, which is slightly over the national average.  DCNA will continue to fight for additional funding from the District to fully fund the DC Healthy Start Program.  

DCNA is a labor organization representing approximately 2000 registered nurses and other health care professionals in the District of Columbia, including RNs with the DC Healthy Start Program.

Contact:        Edward J. Smith, Esq.                         
                    Acting Executive Director                               (202) 425-8011


DCNA, 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 306, Washington, DC 20016


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The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses who live and/or work in the District. DCNA is affiliated with National Nurses United, American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Washington Metropolitan Council.

DCNA negotiates contracts that make sure nurses’ pay is competitive and commensurate with experience, years of service, responsibility, autonomy, and education. DCNA contracts provide guaranteed benefits, equitable policies, fair representation, job security, and practical solutions to everyday workplace problems affecting the professional lives of nurses.

DCNA encourages its members to get involved in leadership roles at the local and national level. Within the DCNA framework, nurses gain experience as volunteer lobbyists, media spokespersons, union advocates, and community activists.

Click here to view the October 2014 DCNA Newsletter.  For previous editions of the Newsletter, click here. 

DCNA is located at:
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 306
Washington DC 20016
Telephone: 202.244.2705
Fax: 202.362.8285

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