For nearly a century now, the name Harriet Lane has been synonymous with Johns Hopkins and revolutionary pediatric medicine, research and training. The first hospital in the nation devoted to children, the Harriet Lane Home helped pioneer the practice of caring for patients in specialty clinics.
Hopkins Children’s has provided primary health care services to the community in East Baltimore for almost a century—first as the Harriet Lane and currently as the Harriet Lane Clinic located within the David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building.
The mission of today’s Harriet Lane Clinic is to improve the health and quality of life of children and adolescents within the context of their families and community and to educate trainees in this model of care.
With over 20,000 visits each year, the Clinic serves as a training site for medical students, pediatric residents and fellows, who provide comprehensive health care services for approximately 8,000 children and youth up to 21 years of age. These services include:
- General and preventive health care
- Check-ups, including immunizations and acute illness care
- Assessment and treatment of behavior and development problems
- Psychosocial support through child life and social work services
- Nutrition and breastfeeding support services
- Parenting information
- Gynecologic services, including family planning
- Linkage to school and community programs
- Referrals for specialty care
The Clinic also offers many unique programs, most of which are supported completely by private philanthropy.
- Fitness Circle for overweight children and adolescents provides nutrition education and exercise classes
- Intensive Pediatric Clinic treats children and adolescents with or affected by HIV
- Reach Out and Read and Adolescent Literacy Programs promote family literacy
- Project HEAL (health, education, advocacy and law) provides legal advocacy education and services of a full-time lawyer to help families with legal needs, including environmental health and housing issues, preparation of education plans for children, and insurance issues