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August 19, 2016
Unity Health Care Secures Fibroscan Machine to Diagnose and Stage Hepatitis C in Patients
Fibroscan machine performs liver staging for patients infected with Hepatitis C virus. Prior to Unity acquiring the Fibroscan, there was not one available in DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C – Unity Health Care (Unity) now offers patients an accurate, non-invasive, painless option to aid in liver management. FibroScan® is the first device to be FDA-cleared as an aid to management of patients with liver disease. Dr. Gebeyehu Teferi, Chief of Infectious Disease Services, led the initiative on behalf of Unity to obtain a Fibroscan machine to perform liver staging for patients infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The Fibroscan liver staging and can be done at the time of the patient and provider encounter. MORE...


June 8, 2016
A Unique Documentary Focused on Treatment and Cure of those Living with Hepatitis C in the District
Powerful documentary provides inside view of the patient and provider experience through the ASCEND study, which to date has cured over 400 individuals living with hepatitis C in the District.

WASHINGTON, D.C – On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Unity Health Care will join the DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress (DC PFAP),  the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology (IHV) and Family and Medical Counseling Services for a special documentary screening and panel discussion on the patient and provider experience during the hepatitis C ASCEND study. This investigation was a unique collaboration which analyzed the effectiveness of the FDA approved medication Harvoni in community health settings, using a variety of provider types. While the study is ongoing, over 400 individuals in the District have been cured through participation in the ASCEND trial to date. The estimated whole acquisition cost of the medication utilized as part of the ASCEND study exceeds $53 million, with each patient treated with one pill per day for between two and six months. MORE


April 12, 2016
Unity Health Care Awarded Grant from IBM
Unity Health Care partners with IBM Health Corps to integrate behavioral health services into primary care.

WASHINGTON, D.C – April 12, 2016: Today at the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress, it was announced that Unity Health Care has received a significant in-kind grant from IBM to integrate behavioral health services into primary care. IBM has launched several initiatives for improving outcomes of health through technology. The in-kind grant awarded to Unity is part of IBM Health Corps – a new global philanthropic program dedicated to eliminating health disparities. MORE


March 18, 2016
Health Center Leader Inducted into the Grassroots Hall of Fame

Bethesda, Md. – Vincent A. Keane, President and CEO of Unity Health Care Inc. (Unity) , in Washington, D.C. has been inducted into the Grassroots Hall of Fame for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Grassroots Hall of Fame members have made lasting contributions to insuring the creation, survival and strength of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Movement through their dedicated and tireless efforts over many years. Mr. Keane is to be presented the Hall of Fame Award at the 2016 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, D.C., an event attended by more than 2,000 health center leaders from around the country. MORE


February 26, 2016
Learn More About DC Parks Rx:

DC Park Rx (DC Park Prescription ) is a community health initiative whose mission is to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness by connecting people to parks. Spending time in natural environments increases physical activity, leading to decreased risks of developing chronic disease.  DC Park Rx is a low-cost intervention that utilizes a known, generally trusted, and accessible resource – parks – to influence positive health outcomes. To date, DC Park Rx has mapped and rated over 350 parks in DC, and developed Park Pages (one-page park summaries) searchable database, which is now available to help find the best park for you. 


January 6, 2016
December 4th 2015 Declared as Unity Health Care Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was recognized and honored by the Council of the District of Columbia for their contributions in serving the most vulnerable populations in the nation’s capital for more than 30 years. Chairman Phil Mendelson and other councilmembers presented the honor to Vincent A. Keane, President & CEO, Dr. A. Janelle Goetcheus, Founder, Chief Medical Officer & Exec. V.P., Medical Affairs, Seiji Hayashi, Executive Vice President for Transformation and Innovation, Dr. Diana Lapp, Deputy Chief Medical Officer & V.P., Medical Affairs, Michael Crawford, Chief of Staff and Angelica Journagin, Vice President of Planning and External Affairs. MORE...


December 4, 2015
See photos from the Unity Health Care 30 Years of Healing Event!

December 4, 2015
Unity Health Care Celebrates 30 Years of Healing District Residents

WASHINGTON, DC - Friday, December 4, 2015: Tonight, more than 400 supporters of Unity Health Care (Unity) will celebrate its 30-year legacy of providing health and human services to the medically underserved in every ward of the District of Columbia. The Gala themed “30 Years of Healing” will be held in the Columbia Room of the Washington Hilton Hotel located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Delia Gonçalves, of WUSA-9 will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as the Honorary Committee Chair. MORE...


September 10, 2015
Unity Health Care, Inc. recognized by UnitedHealthcare for improving service to Medicare Advantage members.

Washington, DC – September 10, Unity Health Care, Inc. is proud to announce that it has recently earned the 2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award. MORE...


July 29, 2015
Skip the pharmacy, head to the farm: Physicians write prescriptions for fruits, vegetables

WASHINGTON — Three months ago, it was rare for Tantalia Hall to bring fruits and vegetables home from the grocery store. MORE...


June 4, 2015
Israel Baptist Church, Unity Health Care Partner to Bring Health, Community Services to Ward 5

Washington, DC— On June 4th, Israel Manor, Inc. and Unity Health Care are celebrating the grand opening of the Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. Community Life Center (“MLS Community Life Center”). Confirmed speakers at the grand opening include District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and DC Department of Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. MORE...


April 10, 2015
Unity Health Care Partners with CVS Health and CareFirst to Provide Care Packages to D.C. Area People in Need

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, April 10, 2015, Unity Health Care partnered with CVS Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for a community service project to benefit Unity patients in need. Unity serves almost 10,000 homeless patients that experience higher rates of chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and Hepatitis C, than the rest of the population.  When patients and providers address challenges as treatment plans, medication storage and unstable living situations, it is easy to overlook basic hygiene needs. MORE...


March 4, 2015
UNITY HEALTH CARE (“UNITY”) partners with National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland and the Family and Medical Counseling Services To Treat and Cure Hepatitis C in our Nation’s Capital.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton and other local officials will visit Unity Health Care’s Parkside Health Center (Ward 7) for the announcement of a groundbreaking study that will treat and potentially cure 600 D.C. residents who are currently infected with Hepatitis C Virus alone or co-infected with both Hepatitis C and HIV.  Each patient will receive the newly FDA approved medication – Harvoni (1x per day for 2 – 6 months).  This is the first study of its kind to look at the effectiveness of Harvoni in community health settings.  According to University-based studies, however, the cure rate is over 90%. MORE...


February 27, 2015
Unity Health Care Partners with NIH and Family Medical Counseling Services to Treat and Cure Hepatitis C in our Nation’s Capital.

Invited guests/attendees include: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Yvette Alexander, Chair of the DC Council Committee on Health, LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of the DC Department of Health, community leaders and stakeholders. Other key presenters will include, Vincent A. Keane, President and CEO, Unity Health Care, Inc., and Henry Masur, MD, Chief, Critical Care Medicine NIH; DC PFAP Program Director. MORE...


November 11, 2014
Unity Health Care Partners with Walmart to Prepare 1,000 DC School Children for Academic Success

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Unity Health Care hosted an event highlighting a $10,000 donation provided by the Walmart Foundation. The donation, which will provide 1,000 children with backpacks full of school supplies, was acknowledged at Unity’s Minnesota Avenue Health Center located in Ward 7 – one of the District of Columbia’s most under-resourced communities. MORE... 


February 5, 2014
Greater Washington Area Initiative (DC, VA, MD, and WV). Doctors are prescribing park or nature prescriptions to patients so they can improve their health, connect with the outdoors, and become park steward.

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December 3, 2013
Unity Health Care, Providence Announce Groundbreaking New Partnership

November 13, 2013
Medical Homes DC Expands Health Care in the District's Promise Community

October 22, 2013
Unity Health Care Informational Ad airing on NBC4


October 22, 2013
Unity Health Care Radio Ads

October 22, 2013
Unity Health Care Video Ads

August 26, 2013
Health Leader Honored At National Conference

June 4, 2013
Unity Health Care's Upper Cardozo Health Center Recognized as a National Model of Innovative Primary Care Practice

April 23, 2013
Unity Health Care, Incorporated Announces the District of Columbia's First Medical School and Residency Training Community Campus

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March 4, 2013
UNity Health Care Gains National Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Health Information Technology

February 20, 2013
Unity Health Care Commercial


December 13, 2012
Unity Health Care Announces Grand Opening of TEVA Pharmaceuticals Walk-In Clinic
Washington - In a partnership to expand access to quality health care services for the medically vulnerable of Washington, DC, representatives of TEVA Pharmaceuticals and Unity Health Care today celebrated the grand opening of the TEVA Pharmaceuticals Walk-In Clinic at Unity Health Care's Minnesota Avenue Health Center.


November 26, 2012
The Fruit & Veggie Prescription Program
Health care providers at Unity Health Care's Upper Cardozo Health Center in Columbia Heights, D.C. are doing something unusual. Instead of focusing on treatment, they are focusing on prevention. The Cardozo Health Center is one clinic partnering with Wholesome Wave to prescribe fruits and vegetables – instead of antibiotics – to their patients.

November 21, 2012
Fixing a Disparity in Autism Screening
Pediatricians and family physicians have long been used to treating their young patients’ bouts with flu and infections, and struggles with asthma and other chronic diseases. But, more and more, parents seek help from these doctors for behavioral/ emotional/developmental issues in their children — accounting, some say, for as much as half of all office visits.

November 15, 2012
Advanced Digital Technology Enables Unity Health Care to Offer Dental Exams to More Needy Residents in the Nation's Capital
Washington - With a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant, Unity Health Care will continue to implement digital technology at its Southwest Health Center, allowing dental personnel to serve even more needy patients in District of Columbia's Ward 6 community.


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October 22, 2012
DC Primary Care Association’s Unity-Parkside Health Center Project Contractor, Harvey Clearly Builders, Achieves 40 Percent Certified Business Enterprise Participation

Unity Health Care / DCPCA ‘Medical Homes DC’ Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 5/7/12


Health Center Videos: Unity Health Care Anacostia Health Center 8/5/11


Health Center Videos: Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo Health Center 12/14/11


Health Center Videos: Unity Health Care Parkside Health Center 7/11/12


Health Center Videos: Unity Health Care Celebrates National Health Center Week 8/7/12


September 11, 2012
Pathways to Housing, Washington, DC
to End Homelessness


July 24, 2012
Fruit & Vegetable Rx
A new program gives patients a prescription to buy produce at some farmers markets in the District.

June 28, 2012
Unity Health Care, the DC Area’s Largest Provider of Community Health Care for the Uninsured, Responds to Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) Ruling
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued its final ruling regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
WUSA9 Report: DC Unity Clinic Treats Uninsured, Working Poor

June 5, 2012
Members of Unity Health Care, Bread for the City, and DCPCA join News4's Pat Muse in-studio to discuss healthcare and what their organizations are doing to expand healthcare to more people.
NBC 4 Viewpoint: Primary DC Healthcare, Part 1
NBC 4 Viewpoint: Primary DC Healthcare, Part 2
NBC 4 Viewpoint: Primary DC Healthcare, Part 3

April 13, 2012
Unity Health Care's Anacostia Moves into a New, State‐of‐the‐Art Community Health Center in One of the District’s Most Vulnerable Communities (Ward 8)

Washington, DC—On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Unity Health Care (Unity) will open its brand new, state-of‐the‐art community health center at 1500 Galen Street SE – next door to the historic Frederick Douglass Home. This 28,000 square foot facility will expand access to primary care and triple the
health center’s capacity for patient care.

February 29, 2012
Unity Health Care, Inc. Awarded $913,801 In Funding Through CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Safety Net Health Center Patient-Centered Medical Home Initative
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced that it would give $8.5 million in grant funds to 12 safety net health center programs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Unity Health Care (Unity) one of the awardees, received its first of three installments of a three year grant totaling $913,801. CareFirst’s Safety Net Health Center Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative will allow community health centers through out the Washington metropolitan area to implement medical homes and care coordination programs for the region’s most medically vulnerable populations.

February 15, 2012
Unity @ DC General Health Center Hosts an Open House and Ribbon Cutting of its Newly Designed Reach Out and Read “Key Corner” and Walk-in Waiting Room
Washington, DC - Unity Health Care at DC General will unveil a new children’s reading corner and the expansion its walk-in waiting area. The event will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 1900 Massachusetts Ave., SE Washington DC. Unity @ DC General is located on the campus of the former DC General Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center.

February 7, 2012
Unity Health Care Opens a New Pharmacy Replacing the Recently Closed Pharmacy at Upper Cardozo
Unity Health Care, Inc., is pleased to announce the relocation and opening of its new pharmacy located at 508 Kennedy Street, NW, Washington, DC.

December 16, 2011
Unity Health Care Celebrates the Re-Birth of its Upper Cardozo Center
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, December, 14, 2011, Unity Health Care hosted a Ribbon Cutting at its Upper Cardozo Health Center located at 3020 14th Street NW, Washington, DC to celebrate the completion of its $12 million renovation project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 20, 2011
Unity Health Care’s Dr. Diana Lapp, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Medical Support, Receives the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) Haynes Rice Community Service Award
Washington, DC – Wednesday, October 19, 2011, Diana Lapp, MD, received the prestigious DCHA Haynes Rice Community Service Award for her work with the incarcerated in the District of Columbia jail. The DCHA Haynes Rice Community Service Award is presented for meritorious
service to improve the health status of the communities served by DCHA members by demonstrating leadership to solve problems and overcome barriers to cooperative action.

Unity Health Care Anacostia Health Center Video (08/11)

July 21, 2011
Unity Health Care Participates in a “Topping Out” Event for its New Anacostia Health Center
Washington, DC – On Friday, August 5, 2011, Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity), DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), and Forrester Construction Company will participate in a “Topping Out” event at the construction site of an upcoming state of the art community health center that will be situated east of the Anacostia River.

July 13, 2011
Unity Upper Cardozo Center’s Dr. Andrea Anderson, Ana Luisa Ralston, and participants of the Prenatal Care Group interview with NPR on All Things Considered.
The Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C., is in transition. Shiny new condos have sprouted up in recent years, attracting a rush of new restaurants and national retail chains — Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond.

Dr. Janelle Goetcheus Recognized for her Service to Homeless Patients
Washington, DC – Unity Health Care’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Dr. Janelle Goetcheus, has been chosen to receive the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the HRSA-supported 2011 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C. Over eight hundred providers, social workers, and homeless advocates stood and applauded Dr. Goetcheus for her twenty five years of deep commitment and profound compassion in serving homeless patients in Washington, D.C. This award in recognition of Dr. Goetcheus’ lifetime of service has been presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council to fellow pioneers in the movement, Dr. Phillip Brickner of New York and Jeff Singer of Baltimore, MD. The award is a recognition of Dr. Goetcheus by her colleagues in the Clinicians’ Network of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

Federal Health Officials Visit Unity Health Care's Upper Cardozo Health Center To Observe Its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System
Washington, DC – On June 13, 2011 the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Federal Health Community (FHC) visited Unity Health Care's (Unity) Upper Cardozo Health Center. Unity Health Care is a federally qualified community health center serving over 82,000 underserved residents in the District of Columbia.

Unity Health Care, Inc. Partners with Pathways to Housing
DC and Provides Primary Health Care Services to their Newly Established Health Works! Program

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Pathways to Housing DC (Pathways) announced the opening of the Health Works! program, which will provide integrated mental and primary medical care services to homeless individuals that have been diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders and/or a history of substance abuse. Pathways received a five (5) year grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to support this effort.

Unity Health Care on National Public Radio (NPR)
At-Risk Federal Funds Cover Far More than the Pill – written by Julie Rovner, Health Policy Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR)

December 9, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses Unity Health Care



Unity Health Care Gala Marks 25 Years of Caring for the District’s Medically Underserved Residents
Washington, DC – On Friday, December 3, 2010, more than 500 supporters of Unity Health Care (Unity) joined the leadership of this DC nonprofit organization as it celebrated its 25th Anniversary in providing health and human services to the medically underserved in every ward of the District of Columbia. The Gala, themed “Hope, Health and Healing…Continuing the Journey” was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Hilton Hotel located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Unity’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala included acknowledgments, dinner, dancing, and celebration. WUSA 9 NEWS NOW anchor Dr. JC Hayward served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Honorary Chair for the evening. Among the guests were Councilmember David Catania, DC At-Large, and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, with remarks given by Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator at the Health Resources and Service Administration. In her absence, First Lady Michelle Obama prerecorded a congratulatory video for this momentous celebratory occasion. To view First Lady Obama’s video, please visit our website at

Unity Health Care (Unity) is Awarded $1.3 Million Licensure and Software from Microsoft
Washington, DC – In 2009, Unity Health Care (Unity) successfully implemented a Practice Management and Electronic Health Records (EHR) System (eClinical Works) at Unity Health Center sites. Recently, Microsoft Corp. collaborated with Unity by providing the largest “in kind” donation in Unity’s history – a $1.3 million dollar donation of software and licensure, which will support the upgrade of computer software and servers.

Columbia Road Health Services Joins Unity Health Care’s Network of Community Health Centers
Washington, DC – Unity Health Care (Unity) expands its network of services by merging with Columbia Road Health Services (CRHS). By joining the Unity family, CRHS will belong to a larger FQHC that has the infrastructure and capacity to support the overall administrative needs of this longstanding organization and will continue its dedication to providing direct quality care to all its patients.

Unity Health Care is Awarded $230,000 from Carefirst BlueCross and BlueShield for a New 34–Foot Mobile Medical Outreach Vehicle
Washington DC – Unity Health Care (Unity) and CareFirst BlueCross and BlueShield (CareFirst) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony launching Unity’s newly acquired Mobile Medical Outreach Vehicle. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2010, in front of the 801 East Health Center, East Building on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital located at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., S.E., Washington, DC.

Unity Health Care Is Awarded $12 Million Through The Recovery Act
To Build & Renovate Community Health Centers In Wards 1 & 8

Washington, DC – December 9, 2009, Vincent A. Keane, President/CEO of Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) attended President Barack Obama’s televised press conference held in the South Court Auditorium on the grounds of the White House. The President announced $600 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding, which has been awarded to support major construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers nationwide. Unity was one of the 85 awardees, receiving $12 million through the Recovery Act. “Studies show that people living near a health center are less likely to go to the emergency room and less likely to have unmet critical medical needs. CHC are proven to reduce ethnic and racial disparities in care. And the medical expenses of regular CHCs patients are nearly 25 percent lower than those folks who get their care elsewhere – 25 percent lower,” President Obama stated.


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