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125 Hospitals Join New Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community
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Hospitals that have not yet signed up for the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community are encouraged to join their colleagues from throughout the state. 125 hospitals have already joined the community, a free two-year program aimed at strengthening hospital approaches to mental health during the perinatal period.

The PMH Learning Community features webinars, group office hours, one-on-one coaching and other learning and exchange opportunities for participating hospitals. Online training modules for hospital staff are currently in development, with expected release in April 2020. To enroll in the PMH Learning Community, view upcoming events, and review recordings of past learning events, visit the program website.

Funded by California Health Care Foundation and free to all California birthing hospitals, the PMH Learning Community is a collaboration of HQI, Maternal Mental Health NOW, and CommonSpirit Health

The education and resources provided will increase the capacity of hospital perinatal staff to understand, recognize, and effectively respond to perinatal mental health issues. The program will also help hospitals comply with a California law (2018 Assembly Bill 3032) that, effective Jan. 1, 2020, requires hospitals to educate perinatal employees about maternal mental health conditions and inform postpartum women and families about the signs and symptoms of maternal mental health disorders, local post-hospital treatment options, and community resources.

For more information, contact PMH Learning Community Program Manager Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ, at jslininger@hqinstitute.org.

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