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Access to Wellness

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Access to Wellness is a prevention and recovery primary care psychiatry service at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Our goal is to improve the health behaviors associated with physical illness and cardiovascular disease for people living with serious mental illness.

The program offers preventive medicine, health education, and health counseling to clients of the Community Psychiatry Program. We focus specifically on the six leading causes of premature death in this population: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, stroke, pulmonary conditions, accidents, and diabetes. Our interventions are based on motivational interviewing and mindfulness training rather than a traditional medical approach.


Patients are usually referred to Access to Wellness for conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking

How to Refer: Download the Referral Form

For more information contact:

Sharon Praissman, MS, CRNP
Clinical Supervisor
Phone: 410-550-8964
Fax: 410-550-1748


Consultation Services

We are also happy to provide consultation services for community mental health clinics and other providers interested in improving the physical health of those with serious mental illness.