Volume XIII, Issue XXXVI - May 2020

From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) is dedicating the week of May 4th through May 8th, 2020 to bringing awareness to maternal mental health (MMH) and directing people to the help they need. Join the #MakingOverMotherhood Campaign online (https://www.thebluedotproject.org/mmhweek2020) to discuss how modern motherhood is anything but black and white.

The Maternal Mental Health Social Media Awareness Week Campaign:

The Blue Dot Project (https://www.thebluedotproject.org/) launched the #MakingOverMotherhood Campaign in 2014 to reach mothers, families and the general public to raise awareness about maternal mental health disorders, like postpartum depression, which impacts up to one in five mothers in the U.S. While the theme changes from year to year, the blue dot, which is the international symbol for MMH, is shared on memes used during the campaign to bring continuity to the images and raise awareness of the symbol. The aim is to combat stigma and shame through mass social media reach.

The following resources are gathered by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in support of MMH and other resources focused on Maternal and Child Health.

Recognizing National Maternal Mental Health Week (May 4th-8th):

Coronavirus, MCH, and SUD - Updates and Resources:

For up-to-date resources, state declarations, and case counts visit ASTHO's COVID-19 webpage at https://www.astho.org/COVID-19/. For additional resources or to learn more about ASTHO's role in the COVID-19 response, please contact preparedness@astho.org.

Recent Studies and Reports:

Partner and External Resources:

  • Substance Use During Pregnancy and Plans of Safe Care (POSC): Implications for Pediatricians, Mothers, and Infants (attached) - This new factsheet from the American Academy of Pediatricians on PSOC was developed as part of AAP's work with CDC's Division of Reproductive Health.
  • Free Online Prevention and Early Intervention Resources (attached): The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently compiled and distributed a list of free, virtual resources to assist individuals, families, and community leaders in preventing and intervening early in substance misused.
  • Medical Waste Disposal: Best Practices for Owners of Multifamily Properties (https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Medical-Waste-Disposal.pdf): This U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) fact sheet offers guidance on disposal of sharps, needles, and unwanted medication in residential settings.

Grant and Funding Opportunities:

  • Supporting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Screening and Intervention (HRSA-20-111)- The goals of this program are to improve the ability of primary care providers (PCPs) serving pregnant women to screen for alcohol use, provide brief intervention, refer high-risk pregnant women to specialty care, improve the ability of PCPs serving children and adolescents to screen for prenatal alcohol exposure among those suspected of FASD, and manage and provide referrals to necessary services for those identified with FASD.
    • Due Date: June 9, 2020

Upcoming Events and Webinars:

  • Virtual March for babies (https://www.marchforbabies.org/): April 2nd through May 15th. Join the March of Dimes from home this year!
    • September 14th-15th, 2020; Austin, TX: National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit.

Please visit https://childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu/national-prenatal-3-research-policy-summit to learn more and sign up for updates.