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The Clark Parent
& Child Network
Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar

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THE CLARK PARENT & CHILD NETWORK Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar

A network of community partners supporting families


Children’s National Hospital on June 30, 2020, announced a transformational $36 million investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation – one of the largest in the hospital’s history - to provide families with greater access to mental health care and community resources.

The Clark Parent & Child Network pairs clinical innovation with community partnerships to support underserved pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age 3. It will bridge a gap between prenatal care and early childhood development with a focus on mental health:

• Creating greater access to mental health care by increasing community-based screenings and support for pregnant women, placing more mental health specialists alongside pediatricians and creating a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers

• Promoting positive home environments and building a stronger safety net for at-risk children

• Establishing a network of community partners to support families with social, emotional and financial challenges


Contact Us to learn more.
Zavi Brees-Saunders | Program Director / Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar
ZEBREESSAU@childrensnational.org
+1 202.476.3842




Now Hiring | Director, Operations

The Director of Operations for grant supported Clark Network will provide day-to-day leadership to ensure that the operations, finance, and information technology functions of the organizations are closely coordinated and operating effectively.

In close collaboration with the Clark Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar Director, s/he will liaise with external Children's National business partners, and other key stakeholders on behalf of the organization. S/he will effectively and diplomatically manage and leverage relationships, model the values of the organization, and demonstrate functional expertise and a deep commitment to the mission of the organization.
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Now Hiring | Perinatal Care Coordinator (2)

The Perinatal Care Coordinator functions as a resource and advocate for pregnant and post partum women. Conducts maternal mental health screenings and systematically reviews screening data, provides appropriate responses for identified needs around social determinants of health, collaborates with all involved teams and partners to ensure that patient and family needs are met. Provides care coordination support for families experiencing difficulties getting needs met; ensures optimal patient coordination, excellent collaboration between teams, with a focus on family experience and outcomes.
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Now Hiring | Perinatal Psychologist

The Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National has an opening for a Perinatal Psychologist. The Perinatal Psychologist will focus on developing, implementing and training perinatal community caregivers in the delivery of psychological interventions for expectant and postpartum women experiencing mental health difficulties. This psychologist will play an integral role in the DC Clark Mother-Baby Wellness Initiative and will work as a key member of a multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate will provide consultation, assessments and targeted interventions to women during pregnancy. The Perinatal Psychologist will be responsible for caring for patients in the hospital and clinics, as well as research, educational and advocacy initiatives, as determined by the Division and/or Developing Brain Institute leadership.
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Now Hiring | Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist (X2)

The Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will provide behavioral health screening and appropriate response including behavioral health interventions to pregnant and post partum patients; will collaborate with all involved teams and support services to ensure that patient and family needs are met; will identify and prioritize clinical and psychosocial goals; will problem solve to ensure follow through on needed responses by multidisciplinary team; will ensure optimal outpatient coordination, and excellent collaboration between teams and partner organizations with a focus on patient experience and outcomes. The Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will also provide support and guidance to partner organizations.
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Now Hiring | Lead Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist

The Lead Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will provide behavioral health screening and appropriate responses, including behavioral health interventions to pregnant and post partum patients. Will collaborate with all involved teams and support services to ensure that patient and family needs are met; will identify and prioritize clinical and psychosocial goals; problem solve as needed to ensure follow through on needed responses by multidisciplinary team; ensure optimal outpatient coordination, excellent collaboration between teams and partner organizations with a focus on patient experience and outcomes. The Lead Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will also provide leadership and guidance to Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialists and Care Coordinators and support to partner organizations.
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Now Hiring | Senior Policy Associate

Leads mental health policy, systems change and advocacy initiatives, with a particular focus on perinatal mental health and infant and early childhood mental health as part of the Clark Parent and Child Health Network. Works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to improve health, mental health, and other outcomes for families and young children in Washington, DC. Advances novel and innovative policy, financing and sustainability approaches and mechanisms. Engages and collaborates with community, families, healthcare leaders, direct service providers, nonprofit partners, academic institutions, and local government leaders to improve the city's mental health continuum of care for children and families, and promote positive and healthy development of children.



Now Hiring | Clinical Research Coordinator

Participates in or leads day-to-day operations of clinical research studies conducted by a principal investigator. Performs a variety of duties involved in the collection, compilation, documentation, and analysis of clinical research data. May direct the work of junior staff. Attains progressive functional knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, when applicable. Follows procedures for documentation of study payments and participation incentives. Employs strategies to recruit and retain research participants. Assists participants with individual needs. Maintains regulatory documents as per sponsor and institutional policies. Independently coordinates conducts and documents study assessments according to study protocol, operational plans of clinical departments and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all types of studies. May provide training to personnel. Ensures compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of regulatory agencies. Collects, prepares, processes, ships, and maintains accurate inventory of research specimens, and trains others in performing these tasks. Suggests improvements to specimen handling processes, when needed. Prepares for study monitoring or study audit visits. Performs query resolution and assists with addressing and correcting audit findings. Collects data from patient medical records, interviews, questionnaires, diagnostic tests and other sources. Works with sponsor representatives. Reviews current literature to obtain information relevant to clinical research program, as directed.







Events


Oct. 1, 2020: The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation gathered leaders in hospital-based care, community health providers, advocates and philanthropists to discuss innovations in research and practice and working in partnership to help D.C. parents and children.
VIEW the webinar
Read the white paper



Sept. 9, 2020: In advance of this year’s National Maternal & Infant Health Summit, a preview video showcases how A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation funding can lead to improved health outcomes for D.C. mothers and babies.
VIEW Pre-summit video


June 30, 2020: Lee Beers, M.D., FAAP, Children’s National Hospital pediatrician and medical director, and Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., director of the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National, discuss the new Clark Parent & Child Network during the Washington Post Live event, “Maternal Health in America.”
VIEW Washington Post Live




Partners

Please see our partners below

Community of Hope More about this partner

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy More about this partner

DC Primary Care Association More about this partner

Early Childhood Innovation Network More about this partner

Georgetown University More about this partner

Greater DC Diaper Bank More about this partner

GWU Five Trimesters Clinic More about this partner

Howard University More about this partner

Jubilee JumpStart More about this partner

Mamatoto Village More about this partner

Martha’s Table More about this partner

Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance More about this partner

MedStar Washington Hospital Center More about this partner

Postpartum Support International More about this partner

Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting More about this partner

The George Washington University Hospital More about this partner

Unity Health Care More about this partner