A string of rainy days in Baltimore made Friday the perfect day to stay inside and read a good book. And thanks to the efforts of some hard-working Pediatric Residents at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, more than 200 students in Baltimore City had a new story to read!

Throughout the morning, the pediatricians-to-be visited several schools in the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital community, including James McHenry Elementary-Middle School and Franklin Square Elementary in West Baltimore. They spent time interacting with the students, with the hopes of promoting a healthy attitude toward development and literacy at a young age.

James McHenry students had a special visitor: Baltimore City Council President Jack Young handed out books and spent time reading to four classrooms of Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

The Maryland Book Bank and the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics donated the 200 books that went home with students.

The day of reading was a part of a nationwide “ROAR: Reach Out and Read” effort, which is a non-profit that works to incorporate books and literacy into pediatric care.

Friday was also designated as a “Call to Action” Day by the American Academy of Pediatrics to F.A.C.E Poverty: promote Food Security, Access to Health Care, Community, and Education.

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Gallery ShowMany thanks to all of the student artists who made the Art Against Violence 2016 Gallery Show a success!

The show featured nearly 50 works of art from local City School students across a range of mediums, including print, colored pencil, watercolor and a sculpture of found objects.

The following winners were announced:

Trinity K.
Peace and Justice 4 All
Renaissance Academy

Jenelda A.
Black Lives Matter!
Renaissance Academy

Bella S.
Nature or Nurture? From the Cradle to the Grave
Baltimore School for the Arts

Awards were presented by our panel of guest judges:

Dr. Carnell Cooper
Violence Intervention Program Founder

Dr. Jane Lipscomb
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Anisha Thomas
Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department

Thanks again to all participants for bringing awareness to National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
Follow the conversation on social media: #nyvpweek16

Trinity

Jane Lipscomb and Jenelda

Bella

Gallery Show turnout

 

Lots of submissions!

Art Against Violence cake

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By: Allie Ondrejcak, Communications Intern

“Never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the health and happiness of another person or an animal is at stake. The punishments of the society are small compared to the damage we inflict on our soul when we look the other way and do nothing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The profession of social work follows this mission: enhance human well-being and help people meet their basic human needs—particularly the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed or living in poverty. At the University of Maryland Medical Center, this population is served by the Department of Social Work. The Department helps patients with complex psychosocial needs such as: lack of resources, limited family support, communication barriers or maladjustment to illness. The Department of Social Work believes that recognizing the relationship between social and emotional factors is an important aspect of helping patients. And, because they are aware of the relationship, they are able to understand how it impacts illness.social-work-7

Here at UMMC, social work has been an integral part of the care system since the early 20th century! The first Department of Social Work at the University Hospital was established in 1919. At that time the Department saw every patient who came to the hospital as they were admitted and they provided follow-up and home visits to all patients after discharge. These measures helped to prevent recurrence of illness and readmission to the hospital. Over the years, the Department grew to include teaching programs, casework discussions, community outreach and hospital-wide policies and procedures. Today, the Department is committed to promoting education, professional development and research, all of which are part of the commitment to excellence in medical social work. The Department of Social Work also oversees Palliative Care, Pastoral Care Services and the Patient Advocacy Department at UMMC.

I spoke with UMMC’s Social Work Manager, Catherine Miller, LCSW-C, and asked her to give me a closer look at the department. Here is an overview of what they do and why they are special:

  • Social workers at UMMC start their days at 9:00AM—often much earlier—with Interdisciplinary Rounds (social workers, doctors and nurses use their clinical expertise to coordinate patient care and discuss patients’ discharge). During these rounds, social workers meet with patients and families to prepare for discharge and to assess psychosocial barriers for a patient’s discharge. Oftentimes, social workers work with the outpatient population as well.
  • In addition to the complex needs of patients in hospitals and the psychological impact of hospitalization and injury, medical social workers have to know about all other facets of social work, such as family, community and child social work. These professionals have to work extremely fast to build relationships with patients because they may only get to meet with them a few times, sometimes less!

Ms. Miller explained that being a social worker at UMMC is very rewarding because they are able to help patients and family work through the most important events in their lives—from the joys of birth to the sorrows of death.

The Department is full of dedicated professionals but Ms. Miller wants to recognize a few “shining stars!”

  • Iris Smith—retiring in March after 45 YEARS of Social Work service at UMMC!
    • She was here when the first patient with HIV was treated at UMMC
    • Smith also was here during the Civil Rights movement
  • Justin Perry, Shannon Mullins and Crystal Johnson who have been vital in assisting with the Department’s restructuring with Care Management.
  • Kathy Klein, Chelsea Needle and Carlyn Mast, three social workers who worked very hard to plan the department’s first Social Work Month and organized an information booth at the hospital.

These amazing staff members are part of an equally amazing team. I know first-hand that social workers are passionate, committed and often underappreciated professionals. Social work is dear to my heart because my sister, a licensed clinical social worker, has dedicated her life to helping those who need it most. My sUM_School_SocialWork_RGB_webister earned her degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has worked as a child and family therapist for a non-profit organization and as a Child Protective Services agent. She is now a Behavioral Health Case Manager for a hospital and works with their Outpatient Program. The passion she has for helping those who are too vulnerable to help themselves and her commitment to fairness and justice is so apparent. These values are in the hearts of all dedicated social workers and the world needs more people like this! Our Social Workers here at UMMC exemplify these traits every day in their work with patients and families.

You can reach the UMMC Department of Social Work at 410-328-6700 their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The Department also provides after-hour referrals, weekend in-house coverage in Shock Trauma and both the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments and on-call service.

Thank you to all social workers and a special thank you to our very own social workers at UMMC for all that you do! The world is a better place because of you!

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Celebrating the 46th Anniversary of the First Maryland State Police Medevac Mission: March 19, 1970

March 18, 2016

By Sergeant Chad Gainey; Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, Flight Paramedic As we mark Saturday’s 46th anniversary of the first medevac mission completed by the Maryland State Police, we reflect on a few of the accomplishments the MSP Aviation Command has achieved. The Maryland State Police Aviation Division medical mission profile began in November 1960 […]

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Art Against Violence 2016 Gallery Show Now Accepting Submissions

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Calling all Baltimore City School students! The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center’s Violence Prevention Program is now accepting submissions for the Art Against Violence 2016 Gallery Show. Students may submit visual art of any medium through April 1st. The theme is Art Against Violence, but any artwork inspired by this theme […]

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Ear, Nose & Throat Team Returns from Medical Mission after Cyclone Winston Rocks Fiji

February 26, 2016

A 12-person team of nurses, surgeons, residents and anesthesiologists from the University of Maryland Medical Center have returned from their medical mission in Fiji.   Team members performed 15 surgeries and saw 150 patients before Tropical Cyclone Winston rocked the islands.   Watch the video above to hear about the mission from the team themselves. To donate & […]

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Brushing Twice a Day Keeps Decay Away – National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 16, 2016

By Zuryna Smith, System Communications Intern National Children’s Dental Health Month was introduced by the American Dental Association as a way to provide crucial information regarding oral health in children. It started as a one-day event in Cleveland. As the importance of the issue of oral health became more prevalent, the one-day event spanned across […]

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American Heart Health Month

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(L-R) Dr. Winakur, Ms. Robinson-Dawkins, Dr. Wen, Fellow Joyce Roller, Go Red for Women spokeperson, Ali Blais, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Dr. Baker-Smith and Dr. Fisher. By: Allie Ondrejcak, Communications Intern Last week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held a Press Conference recognizing American Heart Month. The event featured: Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner at the Baltimore City Health Department; […]

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Integrative Medicine – A Holistic & Individualized Approach to Care

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By: Allie Ondrejcak, Communications Intern Do you first think of medication, surgery or vaccinations when thinking about the field of medicine? If so, you are thinking of conventional medicine. This system of medicine, used by medical doctors and other health professionals, is a medical model of evidence-based practice used to treat symptoms and diseases. In the […]

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ENT Surgical Team Annual Volunteer Trip

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Annual Volunteer Trip Takes UM Surgical Team to Fiji to Treat Patients with Head and Neck Conditions Update (2/21/16): This past weekend, Fiji was devastated by Cyclone Winston.  All 12 members of the UM surgical team are OK and awaiting the international flight home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Fiji as they […]

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