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The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing CCIAS aims to create, implement, and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and wellness and reduce health inequities among underserved populations by promoting individual, family, and community capacities to attain and maintain health and wellness through service-learning, faculty involvement in research, scholarship, and advocacy.

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Community Outreach Program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHSON) Community Outreach Program (COP) 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 vulnerable populations.  The Community Outreach Program is a student service-learning component of CCAIS, in partnership with SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community engagement and service-learning center for the JHU Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. Students have outstanding opportunities to serve in underserved and vulnerable communities in and around Baltimore City while they complete their nursing education.

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The Birth Companions Program was started by nursing students interested in doula care. Faculty members offered the training and students provided on-call doula services at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  Presently, Birth Companions is a course and program designed to teach students how to be a doula.  To receive credit for the course: NR.120.539 Community Perspectives on the Childbearing Process.  The program educates student nurses to serve in a doula role and accompany women and families during the childbirth process.  Students receive doula training from a DONA-certified trainer and learn about maternal-child and public health from school faculty when they take the course.  

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Wald Community Nursing Center was founded in 1994 as the first JHSON faculty directed service-learning program sites in East Baltimore.  The primary goal of Wald Community Nursing Center and Outreach is to promote health and wellness among underserved individuals by providing interim (“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.

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In 2012, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing was selected to provide leadership in implementing a coordinated school health program at The Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center (WECC) collectively known as Henderson-Hopkins when the school community moved to its new building and campus during 2013.  The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) combines elements of the traditional coordinated school health program (a CDC initiative) and the Whole Child Approach (an education initiative) to present a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health. 

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Health and Wellness Services at the House of Ruth Maryland (HRM) was founded in 1997 by dedicated faculty and students.   The HRM is an emergency shelter for women and children escaping intimate partner violence (IPV).  Women and their children come to HRM because of a history of physical and emotional abuse leading to a personal crisis with abrupt departure from their usual home and resources, including health care.  JHSON nurses collaborate with HRM staff to assist families residing at the shelter with their health and social needs.

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