Pinwheels for Prevention Award given to Mother-Baby Program

Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Mother-Baby Program‘s Day Hospital was recently recognized for its commitment to the prevention of child maltreatment through collaborative public, private, non-profit and local services effort by the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC).

The Mother-Baby Program opened in 2013. It was the first program of its kind in Minnesota, offering a range of mental health services to support women and families.

Each year, MCCC presents these Pinwheels for Prevention awards to community leaders in an effort to raise awareness about their innovative programs and to encourage continued investment in prevention and family strengthening efforts statewide. The pinwheel is a national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention awareness. Over 225 Pinwheel Awards have been presented since 2003.

Dr. Helen Kim

Dr. Helen Kim

“We are grateful to be recognized for our work on behalf of young children and their mothers,” explains Dr. Helen Kim, Medical Director of HCMC’s Mother-Baby Program. “We strive to save and improve lives by supporting the emotional health and parenting capacity of pregnant women and mothers. We see ourselves as the hands outside of the mothers’ hands helping them to provide the loving and attentive care that all babies need to thrive.”

The Mother-Baby Day Hospital – 612.873.MAMA (6262) is a short-term, intensive outpatient mental health treatment program for pregnant women and mothers with young children who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress that impact their ability to:

  • Function at home or at work
  • Take care of themselves or their baby
  • Bond and connect with their baby

Minnesota Communities Caring for Children is a child abuse prevention organization with locations statewide. MCCC’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts through education, advocacy, and family support. MCCC has been building the capacity of parents and community members as leaders for 36 years.