In honor of Rite Aid's 50th anniversary, a team of its associates and executives visited Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Harriet Lane Clinic, September 21, with 10 cribs and 100 bags of helpful items for new mothers. Rite Aid raised more than $130,000 for Hopkins Children’s Center in its 2012 campaign and is a leading supporter of the hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network.
Packed by Rite Aid volunteers, the bags include diapers and other supplies.
“We greatly appreciate the donation,” said the clinic’s medical director, Barry Solomon, M.D., M.P.H. “As a family-centered medical home, we strive to meet the needs of our families as well as our patients. Our interdisciplinary team works closely with Johns Hopkins and community-based services to meet the needs of our patients’ mothers.”
Rite Aid’s visit to Johns Hopkins was among the first of 50 stops across the county, as part of the company’s celebratory “Acts of Wellness” program, designed to thank communities, promote wellness and foster the company’s service mission. Learn More
The Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins has promoted wellness and provided primary health care services in the East Baltimore community since 1912. Located today in the David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building on Wolfe Street, the clinic is a training site for medical students, pediatric residents and fellows, who provide comprehensive health care services for approximately 8,500 children and youth up to 21 years of age.
Among its many specialty programs is one focused on supporting mothers with infants. With philanthropic support from the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation, Solomon and pediatric psychiatrist Emily Frosch incorporated maternal mental health into their larger clinic-wide mental health program in 2008.
Harriet Lane Clinic Family Support Counselor Kate Wasserman oversees the comprehensive Maternal and Infant Mental Health Program, designed to address postpartum depression, foster positive parenting and support maternal-infant attachment. Services include routine screening for postpartum depression and other maternal mental health conditions, interventions to address intimate partner violence and parenting education.
“Many of our clinic’s mothers have limited social, family and financial support,” says Wasserman.
Maternal and Infant Case Manager Tracy Carter provides in-home and community-based support to help the clinic’s at-risk mothers meet basic needs. These include housing, food and financial assistance programs.