From Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. <[email protected]>
Subject New hospital is a step towards health equity for ward 8 residents.
Date February 24, 2022 6:15 PM
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Dear Ward 8 Residents:

On Februrary 17th, I joined city officials, Universal Health Services, George Washington University, and Children’s National Hospital for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital at St. Elizabeths East Campus.

Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, named after Frederick Douglass‘s historic residence in Anacostia, is a 136-bed full-service hospital. It will provide a complete range of inpatient services to all District residents, including newborn delivery, maternal health and women’s services, a verified trauma center, general surgery, behavioral health, and pediatric and adult emergency services.

Health equity and access to care are fundamental human rights. Residents must have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them. The new full-service hospital east of the Anacostia brings us a step closer to providing equitable health care access to all Washingtonians, especially residents in Wards 7 & 8.

Councilmember Trayon White, Sr.

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** Agency Performance Oversight for
Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

Performance Oversight Hearing Synopsis


February 23, 2022
There were several public witnesses. Delmar Patterson discussed how the Creative Economy Career Access Program (CECAP) helped him learn more about the film industry and changed his career trajectory. Kristina Noell applauded OCTFME on how they’ve supported the Anacostia BID. Ryan Tiongquico described how impressed he is with how OCTFME handles customer service.

OCTFME Director Angie Gates showcased the myriad of programs that the Office handled this year. These programs include 202Creates, a residency program for creatives. Director Gates also described new initiatives, such as the Go-Go People’s Plan, a comprehensive program to highlight the history of go-go music in the District, and DCE, the city’s first and only streaming network.

Despite dealing with the COVID pandemic, the Office has showcased Washington, DC, as an ideal site for filming. In addition, the Office has been focused on increasing the number of job opportunities and development of those interested in film, music, and entertainment while also making sure that DC residents have adequate access to cable and the internet.

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** Agency Performance Oversight for Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Performance Oversight Hearing Synopsis

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

February 16, 2022

During the public witness testimony, several youth spoke about the programs that they enjoyed at DYRS, such as Dolls and Dreams. This program teaches social/emotional skills for girls and young women. Another program mentioned was the Back 2 Basics, which trains youth to become certified barbers.

Parents spoke about how supportive DYRS has been to their children’s and their own personal lives as they receive assistance with mentoring as well as connecting them to job opportunities.

Other public witnesses who work in community engagement discussed how they support DYRS and their youth, assisting with things like educational and mentoring services and emotional support for youthwho have dealt with sex trafficking. Parents in PAVE focused their testimonieson increasing the number of opportunities for children with Out-of-School-Time activities and enrichment programs.

DYRS Director Hilary Cairns discussed her vision for DYRS and its youth, as well as giving updates on the work of DYRS. Such updates included, Maya Angelou replacing DCPS as the educational provider for DYRS facilities; the department partnering with UDC to offer college courses; and getting trauma/grief counseling for youth. Overall, DYRS has been working to offer better services for committed youth.

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On February 17th, Councilmember Trayon White Director of Constituent Services was present at the ANC 8C discussion on - B24-0466 - St Elizabeths East Parcel 13 Surplus Declaration and Disposition Approval Act of 2021. ([link removed])

The proposed development will further transform the Historic St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8 by providing a mixed-use development including approximately 421 housing units and approximately 21,000 square feet devoted to retail and/or commercial uses.

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