What is Mary's Center?

Center is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, with nearly three decades of experience providing medical, social, and education services to families throughout the region. To learn more, visit About Us

What services does Mary's Center provide?

  • Medical services include:
    • Annual exams for the entire family
    • GYN and family planning
    • Prenatal care
    • Sonography
    • Pediatrics
    • Immunizations
    • Dental services
    • Chronic diseases control--diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, etc.
    • Pharmacy 
    • In-house laboratory
    • 24-hour hotline
    • Infectious Disease Control and Treatment
    • HiV Preventive and Primary Care
    • Telemedicine
  • Social services include:
    • Counseling
    • Case management and referrals
    • Behavioral health and tele-behavioral health
    • Medication Assisted  Treatment Program for heroin-opioid abuse
    • Home visitation
    • Parenting education
    • Prenatal classes
    • Teen After-School program to improve academic achievement
    • Domestic Violence Support and Resources
  • Educational and Workforce Development services include:
    • Family literacy
    • English and digital literacy training
    • Employment skills training
    • Civic education
    • Early childhood education
    • Community playgroups
    • Medical and Dental Assistant training
    • Child Development Associate program
  • Other services include:
    • WIC Program
    • Community Health Education, Training and Research--HIV testing and counseling, diabetes/other chronic disease screenings, breast cancer and asthma prevention and screening
    • Enrollment in public benefits including health insurance, food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

To learn more, visit our Services page.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling our appointment line 1-844-796-2797. Our operators are available 24/7. You can also request an appointment online at

How do I apply for Medicaid or D.C. Alliance insurance?

To apply for Medicaid, you can come to any of our medical locations to see one of our Public Benefits Specialists, who will help you fill out the form. You will need to bring a proof of address (for instance, a utility or phone bill), proof of income, and a photo ID.To apply for D.C. Healthcare Alliance, which is a public insurance provided by the District of Columbia, please click here for information.

What type of health insurance does Mary's Center take?

  • Medical
    • Amerihealth
    • Trusted
    • United Healthcare (Commercial)
    • Americhoice
    • Amerigroup
    • HSCSN
    • Riverside
    • Medstar
    • Cigna
    • Carefirst
    • Priority Partners
    • MD Physicians Care
    • Aetna
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid
    • TRICARE (Veterans and Family Insurance)
  • Behavioral Health
    • United Behavioral Health
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Medstar Value Options
    • MD Physicians Care
    • HSCSN
    • PerformCare
    • Beacon
    • Value Options
    • Amerigroup
    • Aetna HMO & PPO
    • CareFirst
    • CareFirst HMO
    • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Dental
    • DC Health Smiles - Dental
    • Aetna HMO and PPO- Dental
    • Amerigroup - Dental
    • AmeriHealth Mercy Medicaid
    • Bravo Health MidAtlantic - Dental
    • Carefirst Dental (TRAD, PPO, FEP)
    • Cigna Dental - PPO
    • Coventry Diamond Plan - Dental
    • Delta Dental PPO Plan
    • Delta Dental Premier
    • DentaQuest
    • Dominion Dental
    • GEHA
    • Guardian Dental
    • United Concordia
    • HSCSN
    • Human Dental
    • Medstar Medicaid
    • Metlife
    • MD Physicians Care - Dental
    • Priority Partners
    • United Healthcare - MD Dental

We encourage patients who live in Maryland to apply for Maryland Medicaid or see the insurance representative at the Maryland site, who will assist you with other County health plans. You will need to bring a proof of address (for instance, a utility or phone bill), proof of income, and a photo ID.

What if I need to come for an appointment and I don't have money to pay? 

If you don't have money to pay for your appointment, we will set up a payment plan so you can pay according to your ability.We encourage all patients without private insurance to apply for Medicaid, and D.C. Healthcare Alliance (this is a free health insurance plan for D.C. residents who do not qualify for Medicaid.)To apply for Medicaid, you need to come to one of our locations and sign up to see the insurance representative who will help you fill out the form.If you are not eligible for these programs, you can still be our patient and you will only pay according to your income and the number of family members in your household.  Click here to see our sliding fee scale.

How much free care does Mary's Center provide? 

In 2016 Mary's Center provided $5M in free care to 8,700 uninsured patients in 31,037 visits.

How do I contact my provider? 

If you need to reach your provider for a non-urgent reason, please call the main number: 202-483-8196 and ask to speak with the nurse triage.If you have an emergency and need to talk to our providers after hours, call the numbers listed below.After Hours:

  • For Teens and Children: 202-487-9074
  • For Pregnant Patients: 202-486-8443
  • For Adults: 202-607-4093
  • For Current Mental Health Participants: 202-487-8165
  • For Non-MC Mental Health Participants: Access Helpline: 1-888-793-4357

Do I need to be a patient to receive social services or attend English classes? 

No. You and your children can enroll in our family literacy and/or social services programs even if you are not a patient. Please call 202-797-7337 for educational programs and 202-483-8196 for social services.

Can I come to one of your D.C. sites if I live in Maryland? 

We prefer that you visit one of the sites that is located in the state in which you live. That will make it easier for us to help you with resources that are available to you as a resident of that state.

Can I bring my family for services as well? 

Mary's Center provides services to all family members of any age.

How did Mary's Center get started? 

Back in 1988, Maria Gomez, Mary's Center President and CEO, was working as a nurse at the D.C. Department of Health (DC DOH) and along with other community advocates saw an increase in the number of Central American women who had escaped war and civil unrest and were seeking prenatal care services. Many of them had been raped when crossing the border into the United States. The DC DOH did not have the capacity to serve this new population, given other urgent public health needs such as D.C.'s very high infant mortality and teen pregnancy rates and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Marion Barry, mayor at the time, asked that a family center be opened to fulfill the needs of this vulnerable population from Central America. The Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs allocated $250,000 to launch Mary's Center. To learn more, visit History.

Is Mary's Center only for Latinos? 

No. When Mary's Center was founded, it focused on maternal and child care for immigrant women from Central America. For many years, the Center has provided primary health care and other services to individuals born in the United States as well as immigrants from 47 countries.

What is Mary's Center's annual budget? 

For FY2018, Mary's Center's annual budget is $59M to serve nearly 50,000 individuals in DC and Maryland. 

Is Mary’s Center a government entity?

Mary’s Center is a private, non-profit organization that receives some of its funding from various government entities, including the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Mary’s Center has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

Is Mary's Center a local or national nonprofit organization? 

Mary's Center is a local nonprofit serving individuals throughout the D.C. metropolitan region. We operate sites in Washington, DC and Maryland.

How many sites does Mary's Center have? 

Mary's Center has eight sites, six in D.C. and two in Maryland.Our six D.C. sites include: three full-service medical care facilities offering integrated education and social services (2333 Ontario Road, NW; 3912 Georgia Avenue, NW; and 100 Gallatin Street, NE); a Home Visiting and Behavioral Health program office (4302 Georgia Avenue, NW); and two senior centers (the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center at 3531 Georgia Avenue, NW and the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center at 324 Kennedy Street, NW).Our full-service medical care facilities offering integrated education and social services in Maryland are located at 8709 Flower Avenue in Silver Spring and 8908 Riggs Road in Adelphi.We have an in-house pharmacy at our location in Petworth (3912 Georgia Avenue, NW), as well as a Sonography Clinic (2333 Ontario Road, NW) and a dedicated Behavioral Health Center (1707-B Kalorama Road, NW) at our location in Adams Morgan. To learn more, see Locations and Hours

Who can be a participant of Mary's Center? 

Anyone can be a participant at Mary's Center. As a Community Health Center, Mary's Center does not turn anyone away, and provides the highest quality care regardless of ability to pay.

How many people does Mary's Center serve a year? 

Mary's Center serves nearly 50,000 participants a year.Click here to learn more about our participants.

How many staff members does Mary's Center have? 

Mary's Center employs over 600 staff members who come from more than 40 countries and speak over 35 languages.


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