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Maternal Mental Health Resource Center

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What Makes Us Unique

We have expertise in the role healthcare payers (employers and state Medicaid agencies), health insurers, and managed care organizations have in effectuating change in the U.S. health delivery system.

We have a track record for both collaborating with and convening multiple cross-sector stakeholders to advance maternal mental health policy solutions, and for further prioritizing maternal mental health for these partners through legislative change.

What Makes Us Unique

We have expertise in the role healthcare payers (employers and state Medicaid agencies), health insurers, and managed care organizations have in effectuating change in the U.S. health delivery system.

We have a track record for both collaborating with and convening multiple cross-sector stakeholders to advance maternal mental health policy solutions, and for further prioritizing maternal mental health for these partners through legislative change.

What Makes Us Unique

We have expertise in the role healthcare payers (employers and state Medicaid agencies), health insurers, and managed care organizations have in effectuating change in the U.S. health delivery system.

We have a track record for both collaborating with and convening multiple cross-sector stakeholders to advance maternal mental health policy solutions, and for further prioritizing maternal mental health for these partners through legislative change.

What Makes Us Unique

We have expertise in the role healthcare payers (employers and state Medicaid agencies), health insurers, and managed care organizations have in effectuating change in the U.S. health delivery system.

We have a track record for both collaborating with and convening multiple cross-sector stakeholders to advance maternal mental health policy solutions, and for further prioritizing maternal mental health for these partners through legislative change.

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    improving Mental Health

    • Women who find meaning in their loss report decreased mental distress, increased marital satisfaction, ongoing bonds with their deceased child, and better physical health (Caccitore, 2013; Jaffe, 2014).
    • It is not uncommon for mothers to remain connected to their baby and continue the relationship through ritual for many years after the death of their baby (Caccitore, 2013; Cote_Arsenault & Mahlangu, 1999; Jaffe, 2014; Uren & Wastell, 2002).
    • Parents feel empowered when they create their own rituals to maintain this connection (Brin, 2004).
    • It may take many years to come to a sense of meaning and experience healing (Caccitore & Bushfield, 2007).
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    2020 Mom is Working to Propel Use of Certified Peer Specialists

    To augment well established behavioral health treatment professional shortages, to provide those in need with a trusted and knowledgeable support, to provide those with lived experience meaningful and needed paid work opportunities, and to build the capacity of obstetric providers (who are serving as the maternal medical home) in addressing maternal mental health disorders, 2020 Mom is proud to be propelling the training and employment of state-certified peer specialists.

    With philanthropic support, two studies have been conducted or launched.

    Team

    • Joy Burkhard

      MBA – Executive Director

    • Rebecca Britt

      MA – Director of Communications and Impact

    • Cindy Herrick

      MA, PMH-C, CPSS, MHFA – Senior Editorial and Research Manager

    • Brooke Lerman

      Board of Directors Project Manager

    Joy Burkhard

    MBA – Executive Director

    Joy is the founder and executive director of the Policy Center. She founded the organization in 2011 after leading policy work in California to address maternal mental health and experiencing the loss of her brother to suicide. Joy spent nearly 25 years working for Cigna as a state policy and quality improvement leader. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist’s expert workgroup on Maternal Mental Health, the Federal Maternal Mental Health Task Force, and is a board member of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (the nation’s first agency working to solve the U.S.’s maternal mortality crisis), and The Health Care Transformation Task Force. She is the Board Chair of Mom Congress, an organization she founded and the Policy Center incubated.

    Joy has received numerous awards, including The American Public Health Association’s Maternal Child Health Leadership and Advocacy Award and The Emerging Leader Award in Women’s Health from the federal Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Women’s Health. Joy holds an MBA from Regis University and lives with her husband and two high-schoolers in Los Angeles, California.

     

    Rebecca Britt

    MA – Director of Communications and Impact

    Rebecca joined the Policy Center in 2022 with a passion for aligning strategic direction with streamlined processes that integrate evaluative measures to ensure program optimization, impact and sustainability. Rebecca has led innovative evaluation efforts to assess patient perspective and improve quality in prenatal and postpartum care. Rebecca is a visionary and global thinker. She holds a Master’s degree in Program Evaluation and a professional certification in Results Based Accountability. As the Director of Research and Impact, Rebecca provides the evaluative framework necessary to ensure the Policy Center’s strategic focus prioritizes key activities that most effectively close gaps in maternal mental health. To ensure maximum utilization of our reports and recommendations, Rebecca leads the communications strategy and implementation for the Policy Center.

    Cindy Herrick

    MA, PMH-C, CPSS, MHFA – Senior Editorial and Research Manager

    Cindy serves as the Senior Editorial and Research Manager at the Policy Center, where she spearheads the development of publications and briefs that highlight gaps, evidence-based recommendations, and emerging considerations in MMH. She has led the Maternal Suicide program at the Policy Center since 2018 and is an expert in maternal suicide, MMH screening, and peer support policy. She is recognized for her ability to research and document MMH disorders from a holistic perspective. Cindy is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing Science and Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University and is the recipient of the 2023 Hartford Sun Health Predoctoral Scholarship and the ASU Graduate Fellowship Award.

    Brooke Lerman

    Board of Directors Project Manager

    Brooke joined the Policy Center, formerly 2020 Mom, in 2019 and currently supports the Executive Director and both the Policy Center Board of Directors and Mom Congress Advisory Board. She has enjoyed growing in her Project Management Role. She has a background in Early Childhood Education with a strong emphasis in Special Education, specifically Autism.

    Brooke lives in Bend, Oregon, with her loving husband, Dan, whom she married in 2012. She became a new mother in 2019 to a baby girl, Aspen Jade, and welcomed a baby boy, Reed Thomas, in the Fall of 2021. Her personal experience with perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety with her son has driven her passion for addressing maternal mental health care. In her free time, Brooke treasures time spent outdoors hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and creating memories with family and friends.

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