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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
+1 202.476.3842

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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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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