Consumer Member - District of Columbia Health Boards and Commissions

Washington, DC
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS)
Entry Level
METHOD OF APPOINTMENT:Appointed by the Mayor (some with the advice and consent of Council)
LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT:Full terms are generally 3 or 4 years
RESIDENCY:Strong preference for District residency, with representation from all 8 wards
PAID BOARD: No (all roles are voluntary)

Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.


Consumer members play an important role by serving on District health profession licensing and occupational licensing boards. Representing the interest of all District residents and visitors who find themselves as a patient or a client of a healthcare professional, consumer members work alongside healthcare professionals with the support of board staff to foster excellence in our medical facilities, build quality and safety in our healthcare systems, and protect the health of our communities. This can include evaluating the qualifications of license applicants, reviewing complaints against medical professionals and facilities, issuing advisory opinions on how to comply with regulations, or contributing to reports on healthcare experiences, outcomes, or goals.

Please review the requirements listed below, and apply if you are interested in a mayoral appointment to serve as a consumer or public member position for a health board or commission.


statewide health coordinating council

  • 4 consumers of health care services in the District who are not affiliated with any health care provider or facility


  • Be a resident of the District at the time of appointment and while serving


  • Be a resident of the District at the time of appointment and while serving;
  • Have children under the age of 5 years


Consumer members for the Health Occupation Boards listed below are subject to the following requirements:
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Not be a health professional or in training to become a health professional;
  • Not have a household member who is a health professional or is in training to become a health professional;
  • Not own, operate, or be employed in or have a household member who owns, operates, or is employed in a business which has as its primary purpose the sale of goods or services to health professionals or health-care facilities.
Within these requirements, the term "health professional" means any person licensed or permitted to practice a health occupation in the District that is regulated by any of the District health occupation boards. The term “household member” means a relative, by blood, marriage, or domestic partnership, or a ward of an individual who shares the individual’s actual residence.

  • Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Board of Chiropractic
  • Board of Dentistry
  • Board of Dietetics & Nutrition
  • Board of Long-Term Care Administration
  • Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Board of Massage Therapy
  • Board of Medicine
  • Board of Nursing
  • Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Board of Optometry
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Board of Physical Therapy
  • Board of Podiatry
  • Board of Professional Counseling
  • Board of Psychology
  • Board of Respiratory Care
  • Board of Social Work
  • Board of Veterinary Medicine

time commitment

The boards and commissions listed here have in-person meetings that range from monthly to quarterly. 

If you are interested in an appointment to a health board or commission as a healthcare consumer, please complete the appointment application and attach the required documentation. All applicants will receive an email confirming their application was received. Applications will be screened as they are received. Candidates deemed most suited based on the application will be contacted to schedule further discussion.

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