Early childhood behavioral health is a major challenge in Washington, D.C.
Children lack access to behavioral health services due to a dearth of specialists,
insufficient insurance coverage, and limited collaboration between community
resources. Children’s National Hospital and MedStar Georgetown University
Hospital recognized that these prevailing challenges necessitated a holistic
approach, not a siloed one.
Children’s National Hospital
is a 323-bed children’s hospital in Washington, D.C.
Their philanthropy team has approximately 90 full-time employees and raised $87
million in FY2019.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
is a 609-bed hospital in Washington,
D.C. Their philanthropy team has 5 full-time employees and raised $18 in FY2019.
In 2012, Children’s National and MedStar Georgetown combined forces to improve
early childhood behavioral health in their region, eventually forming the Early
Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) in 2015. To support their shared efforts, the
hospitals jointly engage private foundations, local government, and individual
donors to raise the necessary operating funds.
Joint fundraising has enabled the hospitals to seed and sustain ECIN since 2015.
In 2019, the collaborative program raised $6.4 million and used philanthropy to
fund more than 20 multidisciplinary team members to implement innovative
behavioral health interventions.