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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 accidental opioid overdose. The MaMHA program is offering three CME-accredited** recorded webinars starting October 5, 2021 and a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Learning Collaborative starting January 2022. Please see the learning collaborative page for addition information and application details.  

*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. 

How can I use MaMHA to support my work to reduce suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose in my perinatal patient population?

  • Apply to join the MaMHA learning collaborative (January 2022 - June 2022). The online application is available October 1, 2021 - December 1, 2021.  See more details on the learning collaborative page. 
  • Register to view the CME-accredited** recorded webinar series - available October 5, 2021 - October 4, 2023
  • Visit the MaMHA Resources page for direct links to key perinatal mental health support resources for providers and parents.
  • Watch video success story: California FQHC shares their story implementing collaborative care for their perinatal population as part of the UW MInD-I project lead by Dr. Ian Bennetthttp://tinyurl.com/perinatalCoCM

Background:

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.

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

The MaMHA CME-accredited** recorded webinar series, Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Behavioral Health Conditions, is offered to Washington State maternal-child health care providers and prescribers who want to lower suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose in their perinatal patients. The series is presented by the WA Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA) project with support through the Washington State Department of Health

Register Here - Recorded Webinar Sessions

The recorded webinar series is 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)**
    • Recordings will be available for CME credit October 5, 2021- October 4, 2023.

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 recorded series:

  1. Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Suicide
    When: Recorded 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: Recorded 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: Recorded 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

**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).

Receiving credit requires passing an electronic post-test knowledge assessment at ≥75% after two attempts.

Available for WA state providers