Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community
Feb. 2020 – Dec. 2021

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The Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community provides California hospitals with education, technical assistance, and peer support to strengthen perinatal mental health.  The program assists hospitals to comply with Assembly Bill 3032, the Maternal Mental Health Conditions law. The program is administered by HQI, funded by California HealthCare Foundation and  delivered in collaboration with Maternal Mental Health NOW and CommonSpirit Health.

Program at a Glance

Webinars

Upcoming Webinars 

August 20, 2020 –  Developing Referrals and Community Resources​

When educating and screening patients for perinatal mental health disorders, hospitals also need accurate and comprehensive information about post-hospital treatment options and other resources available to the patient in the community. 
Our August webinar will discuss practical steps hospitals can take to compile information about – and connect with – community resources for patient referral.

Past Webinars

June 18, 2020 –  Hospital Approaches to Staff Training and Patient Education

Recording

Slides

April 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19 on Maternal Mental Health & Introducing New Training Resources for Hospitals

Recording 

Slides

February 2020 - A Hospital’s Role in Supporting Maternal Mental Health

Recording

Slides

January 2020 – Introductory Webinar

Recording

Slides

Group Office Hours

Virtual opportunity for hospital participants to receive practical implementation advice from program faculty and experienced peers. Office hours are held in the alternate months between webinars. 

Upcoming Group Office Hours 
Past Group Office Hours

Online Resources for Hospitals

Hospitals are invited to use the following resources, developed for our PMH Learning Community to assist with implementing the provisions of AB 3032 and strengthen hospital approaches to perinatal mental health.  These resources are available free of charge.

Online Training Course for Hospital Staff

Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is a 55-minute course that provides education about features and prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening approaches that can be done in the hospital, and effective follow up through referrals and resources.

Quick Reference Guide for Hospital Staff

Quick Reference Guide to Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting​ is an accompaniment for the online training course, to be used as a handy reference to the concepts and practices covered in the course.

To access the guide, click here: guide.mmhnow.org

Brochure Template for Hospitals

Speak Up When You’re Down is a brochure in four languages that hospitals can use to share information with patients and families about maternal mental health conditions and available resources.  The brochure can be used as-is or edited with hospital-specific additional information about local resources.  It prints as a legal-size (8.5” x 14”) accordion-fold brochure.

To use as-is (unaltered), simply print a PDF file for a desired language:

To edit with hospital-specific information, download an InDesign file and an accompanying PDF file with instructions for customizing and printing.

App for Patients and Families

Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool is a free web-based app that hospitals can share with patients and families.  It is a resource to help expecting or new mothers and their support systems get informed about perinatal depression and anxiety, and get prepared to successfully manage these conditions if needed.  

Peer Sharing

Peer-to-peer sharing is valuable and highly encouraged.  Below are various documents, templates and other materials that member hospitals have generously shared for the benefit of the Learning Community.  If you’d like to share materials developed by your organization, please contact Julia Slininger at jslininger@hqinstitute.org.

By Content

Community Resources List (Dignity Health, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital)

Community Resources List (Dignity Health, Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz)

Community Resources List (Dignity Health, St Elizabeth’s, Red Bluff)

Patient Brochure – Maternal Health and Grief (fetal demise) (Dignity Health)

Patient Brochure – Pregnancy & Postpartum Resource Guide (Marshall Medical Center)

Patient Brochure – Speak Up When You are Down (depression) (Dignity Health)

Patient Flyer – Counseling via Telehealth – North State (Dignity Health)

Patient Flyer – Virtual Support Group – English (Dignity Health)

Patient Flyer – Virtual Support Group – Spanish (Dignity Health)

Patient Fridge Magnet – Resource Guide (Dignity Health, Mercy Medical Center Redding)

Patient Poster – Depression and Anxiety (Dignity Health)

Screening – EPDS Referral Algorithm (Dignity Health)

Screening – EPDS Referral Algorithm (Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Screening – EPDS Screening Form (Dignity Health)

Screening FAQs for Staff (Dignity Health)

Screening Program Announcement (Dignity Health)

By Hospital/System

1:1 Coaching 

Upon request, hospitals will receive 1:1 coaching and advice, tailored to each hospital’s context, needs and challenges, and based on specific areas desired for development or improvement.  

Contact:  Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, Program Manager, Perinatal Mental Health Initiative. Email: jslininger@hqinstitute.org, phone: (213) 453-4519.

Participating Hospitals

Adventist Health and Rideout

Adventist Health Bakersfield

Adventist Health Glendale

Adventist Health Hanford

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial

Adventist Health Simi Valley

Adventist Health Tulare

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley

Adventist Health White Memorial

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Anaheim Global Medical Center

Anaheim Regional Medical Center

Antelope Valley Hospital

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Barstow Community Hospital

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Community Regional Medical Center (Fresno)

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

Corona Regional Medical Center

Cottage Health System

CPMC – Mission Bernal

Desert Regional Medical Center

Desert Valley Hospital

Doctors Hospital of Riverside/Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center (Modesto)

Dominican Hospital

East LA Doctors Hospital

Eisenhower Medical Center

El Centro Regional Medical Center

Enloe Medical Center

Fairchild Medical Center

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital

Garfield Medical Center

Glendale Memorial Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital (Bakersfield)

Greater ElMonte Community Hospital

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Hemet Valley Medical Center

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Hi Desert Medical Center

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

Huntington Hospital

John Muir Health – Concord hospital

John Muir Health – Walnut Creek hospital

Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Irvine Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center

Kern Medical Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Madera Community Hospital

Marian Regional Medical Center

Marshall Medical Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Mee Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Memorial Hospital of Gardena

Memorial Medical Center (Modesto)

MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center

Mercy General Hospital

Mercy Hospital of Folsom

Mercy Medical Center (Merced)

Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta

Mercy San Juan Medical  Center

Methodist Hospital of Southern California

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Monterey Park Hospital

Natividad Medical Center

NorthBay Healthcare

Northern Inyo Hospital

Northridge Hospital

Olive View – UCLA Medical Center

Orange County Global Medical Center

Palomar Health- Escondido campus

Palomar Health- Poway campus

Plumas District Hospital

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center

Queen Of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Rady Children’s Hospital

Redlands Community Hospital

Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

Riverside Community Hospital

Riverside University Health System – Medical Center

Saddleback Medical Center

Saint Agnes Medical Center

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

San Antonio Regional Hospital

San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital

San Joaquin General Hospital

San Ramon Regional Medical Center

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Scripps Memorial Hospital- Encinitas

Scripps Memorial Hospital- La Jolla

Scripps Mercy Chula Vista

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Sierra View Medical Center

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center

South Coast Global Medical Center

St Louise Regional Hospital

St. Bernardine Medical Center

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital

St. Francis Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Stockton)

St. Mary Medical Center (Apple Valley)

Stanford Children’s Health

Stanford Health Care ValleyCare Hospital

Sutter Amador Hospital

Sutter Coast Hospital

Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center (Santa Cruz)

Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Sutter Solano Medical Center

Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Twin Cities Community Hospital

UCDavis Medical Center

UCLA Health System

UCLA Resnick Neurophsychiatric Hospital

UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Victor Valley Global Medical Center

Watsonville Community Hospital

Whittier Hospital Medical Center

Woodland Memorial Hospital

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Enroll

To enroll, click here

Requirements for Hospital Participation

  • Identify a lead staff person who will coordinate implementation and act as a key point of contact
  • Complete a short baseline survey and commit to completing a “post-program” survey
  • Hospitals are free to select among the program components based on their specific needs and readiness.  However, for maximum benefit, consistent participation is encouraged.
  • Hospitals are also encouraged to identify executive sponsors and form interdisciplinary project teams that can help facilitate implementation and remove obstacles.

Contact

Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, Program Manager, Perinatal Mental Health Initiative

Email: jslininger@hqinstitute.org

Phone: (213) 453-4519

FAQs

What is AB-3032 and what are my hospital’s obligations under this law?

AB 3032 is a California law that starting on January 1, 2020 requires all birthing hospitals to:

  • Provide education and information about maternal mental health conditions to all regular staff in labor and delivery departments, and
  • Provide education and information to postpartum people and their families about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital treatment options, and community resources.

What are requirements for participating in HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community?

  • Through the PMH Learning Community, California hospitals receive education, technical assistance and peer support to strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period.  To participate, hospitals are asked to identify a lead staff person who will coordinate implementation and act as a key point of contact, complete a short “baseline” survey and commit to completing a “post-program” survey.
  • Once enrolled, hospitals are free to select among the program components based on their specific needs and readiness level.  However, for maximum benefit, consistent participation is encouraged.
  • Hospitals are also encouraged to identify executive sponsors and form interdisciplinary project teams that can help facilitate implementation and remove obstacles.
  • It is not too late to come on board.  To join the program, click on the “Enroll” tab on the PMH Learning Community website.

What’s the difference between “Webinars” and “Group Office Hours”?

  • Webinars occur every two months and feature faculty experts addressing topics of importance to hospitals and their staff, such as recognizing the signs and symptoms of perinatal mental health disorders, implementing staff training and patient education, best practices for screening, how to make referrals and partner with community resources, and others.
  • Group Office Hours are scheduled in the alternate months between the webinars.  They are virtual opportunities for hospital participants to receive practical implementation advice and engage in peer-to-peer exchange about the topics covered in the webinars.

If I missed one of the webinars or group office hours, how can I get up to speed?

Slides and recordings of past webinars and group office hours are available on the website.

What free resources are available to hospitals through HQI’s PMH Learning Community?

The following resources are available free of charge to staff and providers who work in California Hospitals participating in the Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community.

  • Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is a 55-minute online course that provides education about features and prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening approaches that can be done in the hospital, and effective follow up through referrals and resources.
  • Quick Reference Guide to Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is an accompaniment for the online course, to be used as a handy reference to the concepts and practices covered in the course.
  • Speak Up When You’re Down is a downloadable brochure in four languages that hospitals can use to share information with patients and families about maternal mental health conditions and available resources.  The brochure can be used as-is or edited with hospital-specific additional information about local resources. This is a great resource for other family members (e.g. grandparents) and friends, as well.  It prints as a legal-size (8.5” x 14”) accordion-fold brochure.
  • Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool is a free web-based app that hospitals can share with patients and families.  It is a resource to help expecting or new mothers and their support systems get informed about perinatal depression and anxiety, and get prepared to successfully manage these conditions if needed.

To access these resources, click on the “Online Resources for Hospitals” tab on the website.

How can hospitals make the online course available to their staff?

  • Hospitals can simply share the course URL with their perinatal staff. 
  • Hospital units may also choose to convene staff in groups and conduct the training all together, projecting the modules onto a larger screen, and allowing for questions and discussion.

How do individuals complete the online course?

  • Once a learner clicks on the URL to access the online training course, he/she will be guided through a few short fields to register as a user, and may then proceed to complete the course by clicking the play button on each successive video module. 
  • It is recommended that the entire course (10 modules-55 minutes total) be completed at once, but, if needed, the learner can exit the course and enter it again at a later time.  The modules are followed by a brief knowledge test and course evaluation.

Are continuing education units provided for the online course?

  • Yes, 1 CE unit for nursing is awarded upon completion of the online course, the evaluation, and the post test.
  • If employees are taking the course as a group, the system cannot verify and provide the 1 CE unit for each participant, but an individual hospital may choose to approve the content using their own Provider Number.

How can learners and hospitals verify course completion?

  • Upon course completion the learner will be directed to a knowledge test and course evaluation, after which the certificate of completion can be immediately saved and printed out.
  • The certificate will also show 1 contact hour earned of continuing education for nurses.
  • Hospitals can request reports on course completion by their staff.

How are stakeholders included in this program?

HQI’s PMH Learning Community is funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and all the materials have been created through a partnership with subject matter experts at Maternal Mental Health Now and at Dignity Health. During the design phase, and continuing forward in the implementation phase, additional clinicians and stakeholder organizations are contributing input and sharing resources. 

Can my hospital still join the PMH Learning Community?

  • Yes!  Although the majority of birthing hospitals in California are already on board, any additional hospital is welcome to join the PMH Learning Community at any time during the two-year program period through the end of 2021.