MaMHA Learning Collaborative

WA Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA): Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Behavioral Health Conditions Learning Collaborative


With the generous support of the Perinatal Unit of the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) , the University of Washington will release an electronic application for participation by October 1, 2021 for those interested in joining a learning collaborative to reduce suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose in their perinatal patient populations.  The six-month collaborative will support participants in continuous quality improvement efforts to improve perinatal patient care and reduce pregnancy associated deaths due to behavioral health conditions.

Application Details

  • Learning collaborative dates: January 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022 
  • Accepting applications: October 1, 2021 – December 1, 2021
  • Electronic application: Will be posted by October 1, 2021 
  • Award notification: Rolling award notifications, no later than December 17, 2021

Who Should Participate?

  • Washington State ambulatory practices working with prenatal, postpartum and infant pediatric populations 
  • Washington State practices committed to improving perinatal care and reducing suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose in their perinatal patient populations
  • Clinics serving vulnerable and hard to reach populations
  • Urban, suburban, and rural clinics are encouraged to apply

Participants will leave with tools and resources to:

  • Improve care for perinatal patients by reducing suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose
  • Deliver improved clinical interventions and approaches to address gaps in care
  • Direct effective practice change to address pregnancy associated deaths

The collaborative 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
  • A learning community of other WA sites focused on improving perinatal care
  • Expert, customized training and support

Learning Collaborative Structure

  • Kickoff webinar: January 2022
  • Four webinars on reducing suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose: February - May 2022
  • Final webinar session, site presentation on successes, lessons learned: June 2022
  • Monthly report and posting on discussion board of QI/PDSA progress:  January 2022 – June 2022

Expectations of Participation Sites

  • Identify a core team of up to 4-5 members representing different roles (e.g., leadership and clinicians)
  • Designate one point person to manage team’s participation
  • Create, implement, and measure a plan for reducing suicide risk and opioid accidental overdose
  • Actively participate in the 6-month learning collaborative activities (see above)
  • Complete a short online survey in June 2022 reflecting on your experience and progress toward learning collaborative goals

Eligibility Criteria

  • Washington ambulatory care clinics serving prenatal, postpartum and infant pediatric populations
  • Capacity to manage award activities (i.e., award funds, discussion board postings, brief final report)

Evaluation Criteria

  • Capacity to deliver perinatal behavioral health care
  • Commitment to addressing perinatal suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose
  • Experience and commitment to quality improvement 
  • Organizational capacity and readiness to implement proposed aims
  • Overall strength and quality of proposed work 


Proposals will be reviewed by UW in partnership with DOH.

Questions? Please contact us