Lee Beers, M.D., FAAP, pediatrician and medical director, Children’s National, and Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., director of the Developing Brain Institute, Children’s National, discuss the new Clark Parent & Child Network at Children’s National Hospital. This community network supports underserved pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age 3. Pairing clinical innovation with community partnerships, it will bridge a gap between prenatal care and early childhood development. This includes creating greater access to mental health care with increased screenings and support for pregnant women, more mental health specialists alongside pediatricians and a new mental health clinic for infants and toddlers; promoting positive home environments and building a stronger safety net for at-risk children; placing family advocates in vulnerable neighborhoods; and establishing a network of community partners to support families with social, emotional and financial challenges. The Clark Parent & Child Network at Children’s National Hospital honors an investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, which is investing in hospitals and community-based care providers in Washington, D.C. to achieve a broader vision of improved maternal and child health at the community and population level.
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