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& Child Network
Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar

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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

Our Partners : Our Vast Team of Healthcare Professionals

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


  • Now Hiring | Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist

    The Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will provide behavioral health screening and appropriate responses, including behavioral health interventions to pregnant and postpartum 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.
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    Now Hiring | Program Coordinator

    The DC Mother Baby Wellness Program is seeking a Program Coordinator to provide administrative and program support to plan, implement and coordinate programs, events and educational activities. The Program Coordinator will also perform quality analytic and improvement activities and will specifically work with the program staff team, researchers, quality improvement experts and community providers to perform quality and research analytics and assist in the implementation of quality improvement initiatives. Must work and think independently, be enthusiastic, self-motivated and be able to integrate activities with those of the larger team. Experience with REDCap preferred.
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    Now Hiring | Perinatal Care Coordinator

    Join a new and growing Perinatal Mental Health program in the front line of the program, managing initial communication with new patients and supporting pregnant and postpartum patients in finding resources to meet their needs. 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. Spanish preferred.
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    June 24, 2021: Join the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation from noon to 1 p.m. for an update on investments, progress, challenges and learnings to date from the Clark Parent-Child Health Initiative.
    Register Here

    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


    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