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Welcome to WA Maternal* Mental Health Access (MaMHA) – resources and support for perinatal providers

Washington Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington (UW), is a funded program through the Perinatal Unit of the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement, Washington State Department of Health (DOH), to train and support members of WA primary care clinics to decrease perinatal suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose. The training program offers three CME-accredited** webinars to provide initial training content and to engage a broad audience for the MaMHA Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) learning collaborative starting January 2022. See left menu for more information on the learning collaborative and application.  

REGISTER for one or all three webinars in the series!

       *We use the terms women, mother, mom, and maternal for simplicity, but are including all birthing people, as well as transgender and gender non-conforming people. 

  • Nationally, approximately 700 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. CDC estimates that 60%, or three in five, of these deaths are preventable.
  • In Washington State, the Maternal Mortality Review Panel was established to review maternal deaths within the state and produce a biennial report with findings and recommendations to prevent future maternal deaths. Findings from the WA 2014-2016 Maternal Mortality Review Panel identified:
    • 100 WA pregnancy-associated deaths in 2014-2016
    • Behavioral health conditions, including suicide and overdose (30%) to be the leading underlying cause of death among pregnancy-related deaths (N=30)
    • Factors that contributed to these rates: access to health care services, gaps in continuity of care (especially postpartum), gaps in clinical skill and quality of care, and lack of care coordination at the provider, facility, and systems levels
  • The learning collaborative and the related introductory webinar topics will be informed by the findings from the WA Maternal Mortality Review panel on Maternal Mortality rates in the state.

Webinar series: Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Behavioral Health Conditions 

REGISTER TO ATTEND one or all three webinars in the series

The CME-accredited MaMHA webinar series, Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Behavioral Health Conditions, is offered to provide training content and to engage a broad provider audience for the learning collaborative one-year project. The series is presented by the WA Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA) project with support through the Washington State Department of Health

Aspects of identified suicide risk reduction care include

  • Screening for suicide risk (including identifying risk factors and the use of screening tools)
  • Evaluating the severity of any identified risk, prepare a risk mitigation plan
  • Initiating a team-based care approach within the care setting or in conjunction with community resources to address this risk

The webinar series is a free program for Washington state maternal-child health care providers and prescribers working with perinatal patients who want to lower suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose in their perinatal patients. The sessions are formatted as didactic and case discussion, drawing on topics intended to fill some of the gaps identified in the WA 2014-2016 Maternal Mortality Review Panel report. The report found the leading underlying cause of death among pregnancy-related deaths to be behavioral health conditions, including suicide and overdose (30%). Facilitated by UW Medicine psychiatrists and physicians, the program is designed to expand the perinatal mental health and addition care capacity in Washington State.  

The series will provide access to:

  • UW specialists in perinatal and addiction psychiatry and quality improvement methods
  • Evidence-based strategies to treat perinatal mental health conditions and substance use
  • Feedback and recommendations on clinical practice change to improve patient outcomes
  • CME credits (this course meets state licensure requirements for all medical professionals)**
    • For those unable to attend the live sessions, the recordings will be available for CME credit beginning October 1, 2021.

Participants will leave with tools and resources to:

  • Address and lower suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose in their perinatal patient population
  • Deliver improved clinical interventions and approaches to address gaps in care
  • Direct effective practice change to address pregnancy associated deaths

The complete series  

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  1. Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Suicide
    When: September 15, 2021, 8-9am Pacific
    Speaker: Ian Bennett MD PhD, Depts of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
    Learning goal: Build capacity to address suicide risk

  2. Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Accidental Opioid Overdose
    When: September 22, 2021, 8-9am Pacific
    Speaker: Nadejda Bespalova MD, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
    Learning goal: Build capacity to address accidental opioid overdose risk

  3. Ways to Change Your Practice to Address Pregnancy Associated Deaths
    When: September 29, 2021, 8-9am Pacific
    Speakers: Ian Bennett MD PhD, Depts of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; Nadejda Bespalova MD, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; Ashley Heald, MA, CPHQ, the Aims Center, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
    Learning goal: Build capacity through data driven practice change to address pregnancy associated deaths

For those unable to participate in the live webinar series, recordings will be available for CME credit beginning October 1, 2021.

**The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
   The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity (each session is 1.0 credit).