- Low Birth Rate: 11.8 per 1,000 babies are born weighing less than 5.5 pounds compared to Maryland's median of 6.3
- Life Expectancy: 72.16 years compared to Maryland's Median of 79.2
20743's Rich History
Capitol Heights - In 1904, Washington, D.C.'s population and economy were on the rise. With the creation of an improved public transportation system and simultaneous overcrowding in the inner-city life on the city's outskirts became more appealing. Many city dwellers sought to move out of District of Columbia to the suburban outskirts of Capitol Heights. Before the electric railway was constructed many commuters would walk about a mile through unpaved paths to what is now Seat Pleasant. There, they boarded a rail car at the District Line station which took them into Washington, D.C.
Seat Pleasant – This town was the site of the first railway stop on the Chesapeake Beach Railway constructed in 1897. Seat Pleasant is located on part of what had been the Williams-Berry estate. In 1850, the descendants of General Otho Holland Williams, a Revolutionary War hero, and James Berry, a mid-17th-century Puritan leader, sold it to Joseph Gregory. Seat Pleasant was developed on the dairy farm of Joseph Gregory, the farm of the Hill family, and the land of building contractor Francis Carmody, among others. In 1873, some of the land along Addison Road was subdivided into small farms and rural home sites known as Jackson's Subdivision.
Fairmount Heights – It is the largest and oldest Black community in Prince George's County. The first Supervisor of Colored Schools in Prince George's County James F. Armstrong lived in Fairmount Heights. It was also the home of William Sidney Pittman a famous black architect and husband to the daughter of Booker T. Washington. The first African-American member of the Board of Education, Doswell Brooks, moved to the town in 1928.
Communities in Capitol Heights:
- Coral Hills
- Chapel Hills
- Fairmount Park
- Fairmont Heights
- Jefferson Heights
- Oak Crest
- Pepper Mill
- Pleasant Valley
- Capitol Heights
- Seat Pleasant
- Walker Mill
20743's Future: HEZ Goals for 2016
By 2016 the goals of the Health Enterprise Zone are to:
Improve health outcomes, expand the primary care workforce, increase the number of community health workers, increase the community's resources for health, reduce preventable hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits, and reduce unnecessary health care costs.
This will be accomplished in-part by residents, community leaders, elected officials, and the Prince George's County Health Department.
Key Accomplishments –Year 1 of the HEZ Grant
Access to Care:
In early March 2014, Global Vision Health Center was the first medical practice to open in the Health Enterprise Zone. Global Visions provides adult and pediatric primary care; infectious disease care; addictions medicine; and endocrinology.
Greater Baden Medical Services (GBMS), located in another section of Capital Heights, officially expanded their services in the Health Enterprise Zone as of April 1, 2014.
Gerald Family Care is in the final renovation stages of the third medical PCMH slated for the Health Enterprise Zone with a projected opening date in early November 2014.
At the end of year one, the PGCHEZ saw 925 unduplicated patients across the Zone; had 3,251 patient visits; and the PGCHD CHWs assisted over 6,000 residents.
The Prince George’s County Health Department hired five (5) Community Health Workers. The PGCHEZ has expanded the primary workforce by eight (8) HEZ practitioners and several new medical support staff members through partnerships with Global Vision for year one, GBMS and GFC in year two.
PGCHEZ’s is partnering with the County’s Department of Family Services (DFS) and Department of Social Services (DSS), respectively to coordinate public health services in the Zone and to supplement the services provided to Zone residents by Global Vision and GBMS; Dimensions and Doctors Hospitals as well as Medical Mall to provide transitional care services; and - Concentra Urgent Care, Eastern Avenue Apartment Complex, and the George Washington University School of Medicine Healing Clinic.
The PGCHEZ community advisory board (CAB) meets regularly and has 10 members, including representation from residents, faith based partners, business partners, and local government agency and community civic associations representatives. The PGCHEZ Coalition also meets monthly and is composed of 25 participants, The Coalition and the CAB are collaborating with the University of Maryland to design and launch the Zone’s Health Literacy Campaign.
Health Information Technology:
PGCHEZ has engaged the Zone providers in connecting their respective electronic health records (EHRs) to the Health Department’s health information exchange to ensure the collection of the data needed to monitor and evaluate the PGCHEZ’s process and outcome measures. Significant progress has been made to connect Zone providers through their EHR vendors and to overcome the barriers related to connectivity and data transfer using the various systems.