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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Community Programs, Innovation, and Scholarship (COMPASS Center) serves as an operational umbrella for evolving Hopkins Nursing community education, practice, research, and policy initiatives. The vision of the COMPASS Center is to create a sustainable model for promoting the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations in Maryland through alliances with residents and integration with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, other vested university groups, community-based organizations, business leaders, and health care organizations. Embracing the School’s core values of excellence, respect, diversity, integrity, and accountability, the Center leads and supports nurse-led community programs and initiatives that nurture its reach and impact to promote community health, health equity and advance nursing.   

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Community Outreach Program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Community Outreach Program provides community health nursing and other valuable services to individuals, families, communities, and populations in underserved local areas, with an emphasis on East Baltimore. The goal of the program is to improve the health status of urban Baltimore City communities and to provide services to disadvantaged populations. The Community Outreach Program is a student service-learning component of COMPASS Center, in partnership with SOURCE, the community engagement and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. Students have hands-on opportunities to serve in underserved and vulnerable communities in and around Baltimore City while they complete their nursing education.

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Birth Companions is a course and program designed to teach students how to be a doula—a person who provides guidance and support to a pregnant woman. Students first receive doula training from a DONA (Doulas of North America)-certified trainer and learn about maternal-child and public health from school faculty when they take the course.  After training, students provide emotional, informational, and physical support to women and serve as an advocate during the entire childbirth process—before birth, during labor and birth, and after birth—with continuous presence and complementary interventions. Our catchment areas include Baltimore City, surrounding counties in Maryland and Washington D.C.

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Wald Community Nursing Center

The Lillian D. Wald Community Nursing Center, as part of the COMPASS Center operating sites, was founded in 1994 as the first Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty directed service-learning program sites in East Baltimore. The primary goal of the Wald Community Nursing Center is to promote health and wellness among disadvantaged individuals by providing interim or “gap” health and wellness services that expedite their participation in educational and occupational opportunities, facilitate their connection with established primary health care, and navigate through the complex health system and social barriers. The Wald Community Nursing Center provides opportunities for student learning, faculty practice, research and scholarship through public health nursing interventions in partnership with community based organizations.

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In 2012, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing was selected to provide leadership in implementing a coordinated health and wellness program at the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center, known collectively as Henderson-Hopkins School. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child method combines elements of the traditional coordinated school health program and the Whole Child Approach to present a unified and collaborative plan for learning and health. The Health and Wellness Program at Henderson-Hopkins School provides opportunities for students in nursing, public health, and medicine to engage in service learning activities in the East Baltimore community. The COMPASS Center collaborates with Henderson-Hopkins School and their partners to facilitate seamless health screening, education and support for children from six weeks old through eighth grade and for their families. The COMPASS Center also organizes an annual community health fair that reaches hundreds of East Baltimore families.

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COMPASS Center has a health suite on site at the House of Ruth Maryland, which provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. Hopkins nurses and nursing students work with House of Ruth Maryland staff on the development and implementation of in-service training programs on health and social service needs of residents in the shelter. Referrals to community resource agencies and follow-up services to women and children living in the shelter are also provided.

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