Building Bridges: Lessons from a Pittsburgh Partnership to Strengthen Systems of Care for Maternal Depression — Executive Summary
Jun 18, 2010
Lessons from a Pittsburgh Partnership to Strengthen Systems of Care for Maternal Depression
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Between January 2007 and June 2010, members of the Allegheny County Maternal and Child Health Care Collaborative designed, implemented, and evaluated the Allegheny County Maternal Depression Initiative, a local systems-change effort focused on increasing identification, referrals, and engagement in treatment as needed and appropriate for women at high risk for maternal depression. The collaborative was successful in improving key organizational and clinical processes related to the achievement of its aims. This report describes how and why the initiative was created, the processes through which it was implemented and evaluated, and the results and lessons learned. It concludes with recommendations in four areas for practice and policy change designed to expand and sustain the initiative's achievements: improve identification of maternal depression, enhance access to available resources and services, increase engagement in behavioral health treatment, and improve overall systems performance.
Organizations and Leaders Participating in the Allegheny County Maternal Depression Initiative
Protocol for the Allegheny County Maternal Depression Initiative
Initiative Release-of-Information Forms
Screening Tools: Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Screening Tools: Patient Health Questionnaire 2
Educational Tools: Consumer Pamphlet on Maternal Depression
Educational Tools: Resource List for Consumers and Providers
Educational Tools: “Prescription for Good Health”
Implementation Tools: Decision Aid for Triaging Consumers at High Risk for Maternal Depression
Implementation Tools: Referral Fax Form/Physical Health Managed Care Organizations
Implementation Tools: Referral Information on Home-Based Service Programs
Data-Collection Tools: Focus Group Protocol
Data-Collection Tools: Sample Provider/Managed Care Organization Care Manager Survey
Data-Collection Tools: Sample Training Evaluation
Data-Collection Tools: Stakeholder Group Discussion Guide
This work was conducted under contract with UPMC for You. It was funded by a consortium of local and state organizations. The research was performed in RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation.
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