Thank you to University of Maryland, Presenting Sponsor!

May 3rd, 2016

The University of Maryland Medical Center combined forces with the UMMC Midtown Campus and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine to be one of three Presenting Sponsors for the Paul’s Place Benefit Breakfast Community Fundraisers – a fitting tribute to the university’s 30 year partnership with Paul’s Place!

Since 1986, the Paul’s Place Nurses’ Clinic has been operated in partnership with the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, offering basic health check-ups and medical case management for more than 500 guests each year, including Mike.

Nursing students now work with adults and children at Paul’s Place two days a week to improve their health outcomes. Wednesdays is the Nurses’ Clinic, and on Thursdays, the nursing students offer wellness classes, including physical activity, art therapy, nutrition, and emotional wellness classes. Kelly Doran, PhD, RN – an assistant professor at the School of Nursing – conducts her faculty practice as our Director of Health and Wellness; through this partnership, Kelly spends 20% of her time at Paul’s Place implementing our health and wellness programs.

Students from the School of Medicine conduct physical fitness assessments for the children in our after-school programs. A class at the School of Public Health takes on one health-related project each year for Paul’s Place, and this year, the class is teaching stress reduction workshops for our guests. The University of Maryland College Park, Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotional Research runs our smoking cessation program and Train Your Brain, a program to teach individuals with a history of addiction to shift their focus to long-term decision-making.

The partnership with the University of Maryland also extends beyond our health and wellness programs. For the last 10 years, students from the School of Social Work have conducted annual program evaluations for Paul’s Place. Students from the Francis King Carey School of Law mentor elementary, middle, and high school students in our after school program; in fact, the School of Law is our best source of mentors. Also, students, faculty, and staff from just about all of the schools and divisions of the University of Maryland at Baltimore volunteer at Paul’s Place and participate in food and toy drives for the holidays.

Paul’s Place is grateful to the University of Maryland for all the ways the university and health systems support our work. Thank you!