Johns Hopkins recognized for work-life programs

For the third year, the efforts of Johns Hopkins' Office of Work, Life and Engagement earned a Seal of Distinction from the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress. This year, the university and health system received the added distinction of an Innovation Excellence Award for their breastfeeding support program.

"It is a testament to our program that the list of winners includes not only fellow universities but also huge government agencies and major national corporations," says Michelle Carlstrom, senior director
of Work, Life and Engagement. "We are proud to be among the leaders in helping our employees achieve success at work and at home."

Only two organizations received the innovation award, which the alliance calls its highest honor for companies that implemented "creative, forward-thinking programs to enrich the lives of employees while achieving organizational goals."

The breastfeeding support program offers 14 mother's rooms on various campuses and provides online and in-person consultations. Last year the program developed a vending machine for breastfeeding supplies that is believed to be the first of its kind. More information is available at