Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community Continuing its Vital Work

Quality Quarterly Article

HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, funded by the California Health Care Foundation, is continuing to provide vital programming and resources to more than 148 California hospitals, to align with the requirements of Assembly Bill 3032 (Frazier). 

Recent webinars and group office hours have helped hospital perinatal staff get a better understanding of — and compassion for — patients and families with significant perinatal mental health risk factors, including:

  • Previous traumatic experience with giving birth or experience of abuse 
  • History of substance use disorder 
  • Involvement of child protective services 

Overall programming for the Learning Community has provided hospitals with strategies, skills, and resources to screen and identify birthing families in need, educate staff and families about perinatal mental health, and provide links to helpful mental health interventions and services.

Hospitals that have not been participating can still benefit from all the programming and resources including recorded webinars, on the program website.

Two regional in-person Capstone Events are still being planned for December, pandemic conditions permitting: On Dec. 8, the Capstone Event for our Northern California hospitals will be hosted by Mercy San Juan Medical Center; on Dec. 10, the Capstone Event for our Southern California hospitals will be hosted by San Antonio Regional Hospital. These events will aim to round out our learning and celebrate our collective achievements in improving maternal mental health. If we are unable to meet in person, we will hold one Capstone Event virtually. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions, please contact, PMH Initiative Program Manager Julia Slininger at jslininger@HQInstitute.org.