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HQI to Host Webinar on Substance Use Disorder and Perinatal Mental Health

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As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute will host a complimentary webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on June 17 to discuss substance use disorders in the context of perinatal mental health and how perinatal providers and staff can help patients suffering from substance use disorders in the perinatal period.   

Substance use and mental health disorders both increase the morbidity and mortality risk for the birthing person and the child, but when they co-occur, the risk is compounded.   

The presenter, Margaret Lynn Yonekura, MD, FACOG, a specialist in maternal fetal medicine, is CommonSpirit Health’s perinatal behavioral health physician champion and executive director of Los Angeles Best Babies Network. 

The PMH Learning Community is HQI’s two-year program aimed at strengthening approaches to mental health during the perinatal period. To check if your hospital is enrolled, click on the “Participating Hospitals” tab on the program website. Hospitals can join by clicking the “Enroll” tab.   

Participation helps hospitals comply with Assembly Bill 3032 (Frazier), 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.    

For more information about the PMH Learning Community, contact Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, at