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    About Unity Health Care

    Our History

    Our Mission-Vision-Values

    Unity's Corporate Staff

    Unity's Board of Directors

    2015 Fact Sheet

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as the Health Care for the Homeless Project providing 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 1996, the organization expanded when it became the federal government’s emergency grantee for the Community Health Center programs, which expanded our patient base to include the underserved, uninsured and working poor residents of the city.  Unity’s mission is to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay. 

Unity is currently the largest primary health care agency in the area with a team of more than 980 compassionate, multicultural professionals that include medical providers, nurses, medical and dental assistants, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers.  Every year, our dedicated staff provides quality care to more than 100,000 patients, through more than 600,000 return visits.

Unity’s staff members become a vital part of each patient’s life, recognizing that this is the best way to provide the care our patients need.  Providers do what it takes to track patients’ progress, encourage them to continue with their treatment plans, and help them rebuild or improve their lives.

Unity has a network of 29 health centers and a mobile medical outreach vehicle, which are strategically located within all eight wards of our city. In addition, we offer a full-range of primary health care services that reach every facet of our community to including, but not limited to, the homeless, working poor, under/uninsured, infants, school-age children, the elderly, persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis, as well as those who are incarcerated and recently released from jail and prisons. 

Our scope of primary health care services includes: internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, and obstetric/gynecological medicine.  We also offer dental care, social services, mental health services, family planning, treatment adherence, substance abuse counseling and numerous specialized services  (i.e., podiatry, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, ENT, ophthalmology, etc.). 

Our work is critical for both patients and the health care system here in the nation’s capital.  For patients, having access to health care encourages them to address health issues early rather than waiting until they become more serious.  Because health issues often arise during times of crisis, Unity provides ongoing support as patients confront life-changing events and make difficult decisions.  Without Unity’s ongoing primary care through which more serious problems are often detected, specialty treatments would likely be provided in an emergency room, which is the most costly way to provide medical care.  At Unity, we help those who are facing overwhelming challenges. We care, we help… we heal.


What is Corporate Compliance? download PDF

In our continuing effort to fulfill our organizational mission, Unity is committed to high ethical standards and compliance with all applicable federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations.  In addition, Unity strives to use general good business practices to avoid and prevent any conflicts of interest in its dealings with its Board members, employees, contractors, vendors, agents, business partners, and volunteers (“individuals affiliated with Unity”).  Violations, whether intentional or unintentional, may result in significant civil or criminal sanctions, or both, for institutions and personnel that do not comply with the law.  As a result, Unity has established a series of policies and procedures designed to assist it in:

  • Detecting instances of non-compliance;
  • Promoting open lines of communication so that every individual affiliated with Unity feels comfortable reporting instances of non-compliance; and
  • Responding to any instances of non-compliance that are discovered.

Unity refers to this series of policies and procedures as its Corporate Compliance Program (“Compliance Program”).  


Reporting Compliance Issues

Any individual affiliated with Unity who is aware of or suspects a violation of law or regulation, Unity’s Standards of Conduct, or other policies and procedures has an affirmative duty to report this information. If possible, all reports of alleged, known or suspected non-compliance should be reported to the individual’s supervisor. Any individual who, for any reason, is uncomfortable with reporting to his or her supervisor should report the information directly to the Compliance Officer.

Unity has a formalized system of communication for individuals affiliated with Unity to report potential non-compliance to the Compliance Officer. An individual may communicate information to the Compliance Officer directly by calling the Compliance Hotline at (202) 299-1756; by sending an e-mail to; or by sending a letter to: 

Corporate Compliance Officer
Unity Health Care, Inc.
1220 12th Street, SE, Suite 120  
Washington, DC 20003

All reports submitted to the Compliance Program are treated confidentially. Information from reports will be disclosed only to the extent necessary for evaluating or addressing the report.

If you prefer, you may submit your report anonymously. In many cases, however, the lack of contact information prevents a comprehensive review of the report and will prevent further communication between you and Unity’s Compliance Officer. 


Duty to Report

Failure to report instances of suspected unethical or non-compliant conduct is considered to be a violation of the Compliance Program and individuals may be subject to disciplinary action for failing to detect noncompliance with applicable law or policies and procedures.


Non-Retaliation Policy

No retaliatory action will be taken against any individual who, in good faith, reports suspected or known instances of non-compliance to his or her supervisor or to Unity’s Compliance Program.

Any supervisor or other individual who retaliates, intimidates, or harasses an individual who reports a compliance matter in good faith will be subject to disciplinary action.


Sliding Fee Scale Information

At Unity Health Care, Inc. our mission is to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay. One way we do that is to offer a sliding fee scale to all income eligible patients or under-insured patients based on annual household income and family size.



All Unity patients are eligible to apply for the slide. Determination of the discount, if any, is dependent upon household income and household size in comparison to the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.  The discount may apply to Insurance / Medicare deductibles as well as non-covered services.  The discount does not apply to comprehensive and major dental procedures.


CLICK HERE to view the Sliding Fee Scale Table.





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This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).