For more information or to sign up for a program, call the Community Outreach Solutions team at 1-202-216-2318, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also log in to your enrollee portal and go to “Enroll in a Special Program” to get started.
Bright Start is a maternity care program that helps pregnant enrollees make healthy choices for themselves and their babies. The program is designed to support you throughout your pregnancy and after you give birth. Bright Start can help you:
- Find an OB/GYN or midwife
- Schedule transportation to and from your appointments
- Get diapers, a car seat, a breast pump, and other supplies
- Find breastfeeding support and childbirth classes
- Create a birth plan
- Sign up for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Find housing
- Sign up for home-delivered meals and other nutrition programs
Visit our Postpartum Care Center for information and resources for after you give birth.
Download the First Things First Prenatal Resource Guide. Contact Bright Start at 1-877-759-6883, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Complex care management
AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC) has integrated care management programs for enrollees who have special health care needs, behavioral health conditions, and chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In this program, you work with a Care Coach who will help you get the services and information you need to improve your health.
To get your very own Care Coach, call the Rapid Response and Outreach Team at 1-877-759-6224.
Diabetes prevention and management
- Wellness Circles
AmeriHealth Caritas DC partners with community organizations across the District to offer classes that help you manage your weight and improve your overall health. Wellness Circles involve six classes over three months taught by health educators and wellness experts. Topics include ways to lower your blood sugar, making healthier food choices, menu planning, and exercise.
- Spanish-language nutrition and diabetes programs
AmeriHealth Caritas DC enrollees can attend La Clínica del Pueblo’s health education classes, which are offered for six-week periods. Classes are taught in Spanish only and include topics such as healthy eating, exercise, diabetes, medication management, and weight-loss tips. Learn about La Clínica del Pueblo.
- Meal delivery program
We believe food is medicine, so AmeriHealth Caritas DC offers home-delivered meals to enrollees with certain medical conditions. Enrollees who have prediabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, or who are pregnant can sign up to receive medically-tailored meals delivered right to their door.
- Dietitian services
Your primary care provider (PCP) or AmeriHealth Caritas DC Care Manager can refer you for dietitian services. You will be paired with a dietitian who meets with you one-on-one to help you create a nutrition plan that meets your health needs. Alternatively, you can find and meet with a dietitian without a referral by using our provider search tool.
- Online diabetes prevention course
If you have prediabetes, you can take a diabetes prevention class online to learn about weight management and proper nutrition.
- Howard University Hospital Diabetes Treatment Center
Diabetes education classes are offered in a group or one-on-one with a health educator to learn about healthy eating, weight loss, and managing your overall health.
Visit our Diabetes Care Center page.
Call our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318 to learn more or sign up for these programs.
HealthCheck program for children (EPSDT)
If your child is under 21, they are in the HealthCheck program. This program is also called Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT). The HealthCheck program gives your child a number of important checkups. Your child's PCP will provide or help your child get these services. You can also request to join HealthCheck by calling our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318.
Breast cancer awareness and mammograms
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that helps your provider look for signs of breast cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women get a mammogram every two years beginning at age 50. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your provider may recommend more frequent mammograms starting in your 40s. Learn more about mammograms.
- Local mammography events
AmeriHealth Caritas DC has hosted or supported various mammography screening events at hospitals across the city, including events hosted by Howard University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. These events typically include activities, education, screening, food, and fun. Please reach out to our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318 for more information about these events.
- Mobile mammography van program
AmeriHealth Caritas DC hosts a mobile mammography screening van once a month in different areas of the District, so you don’t have to go out of your way to get a breast cancer screening. Check the community events calendar to view the van’s schedule or call our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318 for more information.
WW® (formerly Weight Watchers®)
Let’s get healthier together! As an AmeriHealth Caritas enrollee, you can receive vouchers to attend WW meetings in your community at no cost. These meetings offer guidance from a trained meeting leader and group support to help you meet your weight loss goals.
For more information or to receive WW vouchers, call our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318.
We offer a gym membership program called FitnessCoach® so you can get active and learn more about healthy behaviors. Enrollees can opt to visit participating fitness centers throughout the city or participate in a home fitness program. For more information, visit www.fitnesscoach.com or call our Community Outreach Solutions team at 202-216-2318.
The IDEA program
IDEA stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. IDEA is a federal law. The IDEA program provides special services for children with developmental delays, disabilities, or special needs. To get an IDEA evaluation, call your PCP. If your child needs IDEA services, your PCP will refer your child to the D.C. government's Early Intervention Program. AmeriHealth Caritas DC has Care Managers who can tell you more about IDEA and the other services your child can get.
For more detailed information on this program, refer to your Enrollee Handbook or call Enrollee Services at 202-408-4720 or 1-800-408-7511.
The Ombudsman Program
The Ombudsman Program is a District of Columbia government program that can assist and advise you in receiving health care from your managed care organization. The Ombudsman can explain the health care you have a right to receive and respond to your questions and concerns about your health care.
For more information about the Ombudsman Program, see your Enrollee Handbook. You can also reach the Ombudsman Program by calling 202-724-7491.