The HSC Health Care System in Washington, D.C., has addressed social conditions for populations with disabilities and special healthcare needs for more than 100 years through a variety of approaches. It provides family education and training in the hospital setting and community, and healthy home environments for families with special-needs populations. This includes support for housing improvements, lead assessments, transportation financing for medical visits, advice on nutrition and partnering with other community resources. We also provide intensive outreach for community and family supports by offering social and recreational activities and events.
We have recently opened a new initiative: The National Youth Transitions Center is organized to assist and guide families with special-needs members in transition from youth to adulthood and dependence to independence. It is an effort to prepare young adults for their future. The NYTC is a collaborative effort involving more than 50 organizations dedicated to populations with disabilities. Currently, the HSC Health Care System serves thousands of children and youths with special needs in programs that have multiple chronic disease conditions. Our social programs and strategies enable the prospect of achieving better medical outcomes and more efficient use of resources. The major lesson learned is that social conditions matter and must be addressed to allow medical care to work more effectively in our society.
President and CEOJohn MathewsonExecutive vice president for strategy and operationsThe HSC Health Care SystemWashington