APRIL NEWSLETTER
INTRODUCING MMHLA'S BOARD OF ADVISORS
Learn more about the Board of Advisors HERE.
CULTURALLY & LINGUISTICALLY APPROPRIATE SERVICES IN MATERNAL HEALTH CARE
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering a free 2-hour learning opportunity addressing cultural competency and humility, person-centered care, and implicit bias across the continuum of maternal health care. Topics include:
  • Introduction to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in maternal health care.
  • Self-awareness about beliefs, values, privilege, power, bias, and stereotypes.
  • Awareness about a patient or client's cultural identity.
  • Providing CLAS in maternal health care.

This program is accredited for 2 hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives. Other professionals, as well as students, may earn a Statement of Participation.

Learn more HERE.
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
The National Institute of Mental Health has issued a Request for Information to address mental health disparities in rural people and communities, including:
  • Identifying the gap areas that can be addressed through research.
  • Endorsing specific research topics and questions.
  • Proposing new avenues to address with research.
  • Novel hypotheses on any of the questions, as well as specific suggestions for approaches to answering any of the questions.
  • Exploring how research topics might intersect with and impact diverse populations, to include for example race and ethnicity, culture (including mountain and frontier), immigration status, and sexual and gender minorities, as well as additional challenges faced by rural residents.
Learn more HERE. Deadline is April 15.
The National Institutes of Health has announced a new grant opportunity to address the following scientific priorities in the light of COVID-19:
  • Understanding the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal mental health, well-being, functioning and quality of life.
  • Identifying psychosocial and behavioral health risk factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect maternal mental health and functioning outcomes.
  • Addressing the impact of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) on maternal health outcomes in the context of COVID-19.
Learn more HERE. Deadline is April 21.

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
North American Society for Psychosocial OB / GYN
Monthly Webinar Series: Psychiatric and Psychological Management of the Hospitalized Obstetric Patient: From Bedrest to Bonding
April 8, 2021 / 7 PM EDT / Learn more HERE
Group Peer Support
Facilitator Training
April 6 - 29, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
AMCHP and Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color Webinar
Addressing Mental Health in BIPOC Communities: Key Cultural Considerations for Maternal-Child Health
April 8, 2021 / 2 pm EDT / Learn more HERE
Black Maternal Health Conference
The Role of Doulas in Addressing Maternal Health Disparities
April 9, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Postpartum Support International -- Florida Chapter
A Move Toward Cultural Humility in Perinatal Care
April 14, 2021 / 12 pm EDT / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Marce of North America Conference
Conference dates: October 21-24, 2021 / Virtual
Abstracts due April 15, 2021 / Learn more HERE
Black Maternal Health Conference
April 16-17, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
AWHONN Spring Conference (MD, VA, WV)
How to Make Your Inpatient Units Maternal Mental Health Friendly
April 17, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Perinatal Connect Conference
Engaging with Rural Communities to Improve Maternal Mental Health
April 23-24, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Conference
Perinatal Mental Health and Early Childhood
May 4-5, 2021 / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Maternal Mental Health Now Webinar Series
Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Maternal Mental Health
June 3, 10, and 17, 2021 / 6-8 pm PDT / Virtual / Learn more HERE
Everyone wants to hold the baby.
Who will hold the mother?
-- Jabina Coleman, The Lactation Therapist
Working with Policymakers to Address Maternal Mental Health Conditions
MMHLA -- founded in 2018 -- is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting the mental health of childbearing women in the United States
by advocating for universal education, screening, referral, and treatment
of postpartum depression and related maternal mental health (MMH) conditions.

Our vision is that all childbearing women in the United States will be educated about and screened for maternal mental health conditions and have access to resources for recovery.