As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 to discuss disparities in perinatal mental health care.
The webinar will discuss the disproportionate effects of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on women of color – and Black women in particular – within the context of broader pervasive racial disparities that exist in maternal care quality and outcomes. The speakers will highlight promising efforts currently under way in California hospitals to address these disparities, as well as review clinical practices and communication skills likely to increase equity in care.
Hospitals that have not yet signed up for the PMH Learning Community can still join this free two-year program that is aimed at strengthening approaches to mental health during the perinatal period. Participation helps hospitals comply with Assembly Bill 3032, which requires educating perinatal employees about maternal mental health conditions. It also requires hospitals to inform postpartum women and families about the signs and symptoms of maternal mental health disorders, post-hospital treatment options, and community resources.