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The Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health invites state Medicaid, behavioral/mental health, and public health department leaders to join our next cohort of the Government Agency Maternal Mental Health Policy Fellows program through a competitive application process.

The program aims to assist state Medicaid, behavioral/mental health, and public health departments in closing gaps in maternal mental health.

The program is open to leaders in state Medicaid departments, state behavioral/mental health departments, and state departments of public health.

Each organization must have two Fellows (ideally from the same agency) participating in the program. Both applicants should individually complete the application, naming their co-applicant where directed. A letter of support from Department leadership is required for each applicant.

We will be prioritizing applications from the following states who have not yet been through our program:

AK, AZ, AR, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NV, NJ, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, WV, WI

Applications will be accepted through June 7, 2024.

Applicants will be notified of their application status the week of June 3rd.

The 2024-2025 cohort will begin in July 2024.

This program is made possible through a grant from:

What our Government Agency Fellows Learn:

  • Federal “State of the State” in Maternal Mental Health
  • Federal Agency Programs Addressing Maternal Mental Health
  • Review of State-Level Data, including:
    • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitory System survey results, Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) reports on Maternal Suicide and more
    • Strategies for supporting state Perinatal Quality Collaboratives in Implementing Actions to Reduce Maternal Suicide
  • The Zero Suicide Framework
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • State Public Health Best Practices: States that are leading the way shine and Highlights from the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Program Winners
  • Addressing Racial & Rural Disparities

At the conclusion of the 12 Month Program

At the end of the program, Fellows will have developed an action plan presented to their peers and leadership. Fellows will continue to receive support through the group listserv.

Time Commitment

Participants are expected to attend 90-minute-long monthly meetings and spend roughly 1-2 hours outside of monthly meetings reviewing materials, engaging in the online community, meeting with others they identify as important in their state/county, and developing their action plan.