Webinar — Improving Maternal Mental Health by Building Capacity of Frontline Medical Providers

About This Event

Mental health conditions among pregnant and postpartum women are the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth and can lead to negative maternal, infant, and child outcomes and significant financial cost. Despite the negative impact and cost, the vast majority of women with these illnesses go unrecognized and untreated.

In response, the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms was developed as a way to increase access to mental health care by building the capacity of frontline medical providers to provide mental health care themselves. MCPAP for Moms provides all providers throughout Massachusetts with access to training and toolkits, psychiatric consultation, and immediate resource provision/referrals to help them address mental health conditions among pregnant and postpartum women.

Join us for a discussion of how MCPAP for Moms and similar programs throughout the US are helping to solve this public health challenge. The webinar will:

  • Describe development, implementation, and outcomes of MCPAP for Moms
  • Outline how the MCPAP for Moms model is being implemented throughout the US
  • Share experiences from two states (Washington and Wisconsin) that have implemented the model
  • Provide insights useful to California stakeholders contemplating such a model in the state




Nancy Byatt, DO, MA, MBA, FACLP
Medical director of the MCPAP for Moms program

Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG
Engagement director of the MCPAP for Moms program

Deborah S. Cowley, MD
Director of the Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Moms at the University of Washington

Christina L. Wichman, DO
Medical director of the Periscope (Perinatal Specialty Consult Psychiatry Extension) Project at the Medical College of Wisconsin

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