|Some good news from our colleagues at the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA)…
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to launch significant initiatives addressing the maternal mental health crisis.
These new initiatives announced on Wednesday, September 27th, include:
Initiative #1: $8 Million in grants for 12 state-based maternal mental health programs.
Initiative #2: A new task force to create a national strategy to address maternal mental health.
Initiative #3: A national public education campaign, Talking Postpartum Depression, that will provide information about this condition and will combat stigma.
These efforts support the White House Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, a whole-of-government strategy to combat maternal mortality and improve maternal and infant health, particularly in underserved communities.
Additional funding will be used to:
- Expand and diversify the perinatal workforce
- Increase access to maternal health services
- Support parents and families
- Invest in maternal health research
These initiatives have been supported by MMHLA and their partners including the Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health (formerly 2020 Mom), MomCongress, Postpartum Support International, the Shades of Blue Project, March of Dimes, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
If you are interested in participating in efforts to promote the mental health of mothers and childbearing people in the United States by focusing on national policy and health equity, learn more about the MMHLA HERE.