The Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community was HQI’s initiative to provide California hospitals with education, technical assistance, and peer support to strengthen perinatal mental health. The program concluded in December 2021. However, key resources developed remain on this website for ongoing free use by hospitals, as needed. Any questions regarding the resources on this web page can be directed to Boris Kalanj, HQI’s Director of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 18, 2021 – Fathers and Partners and Perinatal Mental Health
October 21, 2021 – Breastfeeding and Perinatal Mental Health
August 19, 2021 – Child Abuse Reporting and Perinatal Mental Health
June 17, 2021 – Substance Use Disorders and Perinatal Mental Health
April 15, 2021 – Birth Trauma and Perinatal Mental Health
February 18, 2021 – Supporting NICU Families
December 17, 2020 – Supporting Patients with Perinatal Loss
October 15, 2020 – Disparities in Perinatal Mental Health Care
August 20, 2020 – Developing Referrals and Community Resources
June 18, 2020 – Hospital Approaches to Staff Training and Patient Education
April 2020 – The Impact of COVID-19 on Maternal Mental Health & Introducing New Training Resources for Hospitals
February 2020 – A Hospital’s Role in Supporting Maternal Mental Health
January 2020 – Introductory Webinar
- Virtual opportunity for hospital participants to receive practical implementation advice from program faculty and experienced peers. Office hours are held in the alternate months between webinars.
- September 16, 2021 Group Office Hours
- July 15, 2021 Group Office Hours
- May 20, 2021 Group Office Hours
- March 18, 2021 Group Office Hours
- January 21, 2021 Group Office Hours
- November 19, 2020 Group Office Hours
- September 17, 2020 Group Office Hours
- July 16, 2020 Group Office Hours
- May 21, 2020 Group Office Hours
- March 19, 2020 Group Office Hours
The virtual Capstone Event rounded out our learnings and celebrated the achievements of California hospitals in advancing maternal mental health.
- For event recording, click here.
- Timing of key event sessions:
- 13:45 Review of Learnings
- 1:01:15 Hospital Panel (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Marshall Medical Center & Scripps Health)
- 1:51:30 Personal Story: Sarah Nevison
- 2:48:28 Keynote: Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health (Miriam Schultz, MD)
- 3:43:53 Celebration & Recognition
- 3:51:25 Resources for Continued Learning
- Timing of key event sessions:
- For slides, click here.
Online Resources for Hospitals
Hospitals are invited to use the following resources, developed for our PMH Learning Community to assist with implementing the provisions of AB 3032 and strengthen hospital approaches to perinatal mental health. These resources are available free of charge.
Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is a 55-minute course that provides education about features and prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening approaches that can be done in the hospital, and effective follow up through referrals and resources. The course is available in two formats:
- As a YouTube link to the course content, available here (Note that playback begins with the first module, but you can select subsequent modules from the right navigation panel.)
- As a SCORM file for upload to your organization’s own Learning Management System. Click below for details.
The online training course “Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting – What to Know & How to Screen” has been converted into a SCORM file that can be uploaded into an organization’s existing Learning Management System (LMS).
SCORM, which stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model, is a set of technical standards for eLearning software products. SCORM is the de facto industry standard for eLearning interoperability, which means it is the universal language for all Learning Management Systems. In other words, it does not matter which Learning Management System your institution uses; it should be able to read and upload this SCORM file.
To import a SCORM course into your LMS:
- Download the SCORM file by clicking here. (Note: It appears as a zip file. You will need a SCORM compliant authoring software installed on your computer in order to open or read the file.)
- Upload the SCORM zip file, via your browser or LMS administrator UI.
- Your LMS will then attempt to find the manifest file and import its contents, preparing it for use by learners. A good LMS will attempt to validate the manifest and flag potential issues.
In case you encounter problems uploading the SCORM file to your LMS, a company called KOGN8 is available to help. They have offered a reduced hourly rate of $150 to hospitals associated with the Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community to troubleshoot SCORM uploading issues. To inquire further, please contact:
Partner, Business Development
Remember, the full course content is also available as a serie
Quick Reference Guide to Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is an accompaniment for the online training course, to be used as a handy reference to the concepts and practices covered in the course.
To access the guide, click here: guide.mmhnow.org
Speak Up When You’re Down is a brochure in four languages that hospitals can use to share information with patients and families about maternal mental health conditions and available resources. The brochure can be used as-is or edited with hospital-specific additional information about local resources. It prints as a legal-size (8.5” x 14”) accordion-fold brochure.
To use as-is (unaltered), simply print a PDF file for a desired language:
To edit with hospital-specific information, download an InDesign file and an accompanying PDF file with instructions for customizing and printing.
- Click here to download the InDesign file. (You must have access to the InDesign application on your computer in order to download this file.)
- Click here to download instructions for customizing and printing.
Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool is a free web-based app that hospitals can share with patients and families. It is a resource to help expecting or new mothers and their support systems get informed about perinatal depression and anxiety, and get prepared to successfully manage these conditions if needed.
- To access the app, click here: mycare.mmhnow.org
Below are various documents, templates and other materials that member hospitals have generously shared for the benefit of the Learning Community.
- Adventist Health
- Dignity Health/CommonSpirit Health
- Community Resources List (Bakersfield Memorial Hospital)Community Resources List (Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz)Community Resources List (St Elizabeth’s, Red Bluff)Patient Brochure – Maternal Health and Grief (fetal demise)Patient Brochure – Speak Up When You are Down (depression)Patient Flyer – Counseling via Telehealth – North StatePatient Fridge Magnet – Resource Guide (Mercy Medical Center Redding)Patient Poster – Depression and Anxiety
- Provider Flyer – Free Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Service
- Screening – EPDS Referral AlgorithmScreening FAQs for Staff
- El Camino Health
- Emanate Health
- Marshall Medical Center
- Orange County
- Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
- Sharp Healthcare
- Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
- Valley Presbyterian Hos
For a map of all enrolled hospitals, click here.
Enrolled hospitals in alphabetical order:
Adventist Health and Rideout
Adventist Health Bakersfield
Adventist Health Glendale
Adventist Health Hanford
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial
Adventist Health Simi Valley
Adventist Health Tulare
Adventist Health Ukiah Valley
Adventist Health White Memorial
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Anaheim Global Medical Center
Anaheim Regional Medical Center
Antelope Valley Hospital
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Barstow Community Hospital
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Centinela Hospital Medical Center
Clovis Community Medical Center
Community Regional Medical Center (Fresno)
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
Corona Regional Medical Center
Cottage Health System
CPMC – Mission Bernal
Desert Regional Medical Center
Desert Valley Hospital
Doctors Hospital of Riverside/Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center
Doctors Medical Center (Modesto)
East LA Doctors Hospital
Eisenhower Medical Center
El Centro Regional Medical Center
Emanuel Medical Center
Enloe Medical Center
Fairchild Medical Center
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital
Garfield Medical Center
Glendale Memorial Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital (Bakersfield)
Greater ElMonte Community Hospital
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital
Hemet Valley Medical Center
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Hi Desert Medical Center
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
John Muir Health – Concord hospital
John Muir Health – Walnut Creek hospital
Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Orange County – Irvine Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente The Permanente Medical Group
Kern Medical Center
Lompoc Valley Medical Center
Madera Community Hospital
Marian Regional Medical Center
Marshall Medical Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Mee Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital Los Banos
Memorial Hospital of Gardena
Memorial Medical Center (Modesto)
MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
Mercy General Hospital
Mercy Hospital of Folsom
Mercy Medical Center (Merced)
Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Methodist Hospital of Southern California
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
Monterey Park Hospital
Natividad Medical Center
Northern Inyo Hospital
Olive View – UCLA Medical Center
Orange County Global Medical Center
Palomar Health- Escondido campus
Palomar Health- Poway campus
PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital
PIH Health Hospital-Whittier
Plumas District Hospital
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Queen Of the Valley Medical Center (Napa)
Queen of the Valley Medical Center (West Covina)
Rady Children’s Hospital
Redlands Community Hospital
Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside University Health System – Medical Center
Saddleback Medical Center
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
San Antonio Regional Hospital
San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital
San Joaquin General Hospital
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Scripps Memorial Hospital- Encinitas
Scripps Memorial Hospital- La Jolla
Scripps Mercy Chula Vista
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Sierra View Medical Center
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
South Coast Global Medical Center
St Louise Regional Hospital
St. Bernardine Medical Center
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital
St. Francis Medical Center
St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Stockton)
St. Mary Medical Center (Apple Valley)
Stanford Health Care ValleyCare Hospital
Stanford Health Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
Sutter Amador Hospital
Sutter Coast Hospital
Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center (Santa Cruz)
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Sutter Solano Medical Center
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Twin Cities Community Hospital
UCDavis Medical Center
UCLA Health System
UCLA Resnick Neurophsychiatric Hospital
UCSF Health & Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Victor Valley Global Medical Center
Watsonville Community Hospital
Whittier Hospital Medical Center
Woodland Memorial Hospital
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
AB 3032 is a California law that starting on January 1, 2020 requires all birthing hospitals to:
- Provide education and information about maternal mental health conditions to all regular staff in labor and delivery departments, and
- Provide education and information to postpartum people and their families about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital treatment options, and community resources.
- Through the PMH Learning Community, California hospitals receive education, technical assistance and peer support to strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. To participate, hospitals are asked to identify a lead staff person who will coordinate implementation and act as a key point of contact, complete a short “baseline” survey and commit to completing a “post-program” survey.
- Once enrolled, hospitals are free to select among the program components based on their specific needs and readiness level. However, for maximum benefit, consistent participation is encouraged.
- Hospitals are also encouraged to identify executive sponsors and form interdisciplinary project teams that can help facilitate implementation and remove obstacles.
- It is not too late to come on board. To join the program, click on the “Enroll” tab on the PMH Learning Community website.
- Webinars occur every two months and feature faculty experts addressing topics of importance to hospitals and their staff, such as recognizing the signs and symptoms of perinatal mental health disorders, implementing staff training and patient education, best practices for screening, how to make referrals and partner with community resources, and others.
- Group Office Hours are scheduled in the alternate months between the webinars. They are virtual opportunities for hospital participants to receive practical implementation advice and engage in peer-to-peer exchange about the topics covered in the webinars.
Slides and recordings of past webinars and group office hours are available on the website.
The following resources are available free of charge to staff and providers who work in California Hospitals participating in the Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community.
- Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is a 55-minute online course that provides education about features and prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening approaches that can be done in the hospital, and effective follow up through referrals and resources.
- Quick Reference Guide to Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting is an accompaniment for the online course, to be used as a handy reference to the concepts and practices covered in the course.
- Speak Up When You’re Down is a downloadable brochure in four languages that hospitals can use to share information with patients and families about maternal mental health conditions and available resources. The brochure can be used as-is or edited with hospital-specific additional information about local resources. This is a great resource for other family members (e.g. grandparents) and friends, as well. It prints as a legal-size (8.5” x 14”) accordion-fold brochure.
- Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool is a free web-based app that hospitals can share with patients and families. It is a resource to help expecting or new mothers and their support systems get informed about perinatal depression and anxiety, and get prepared to successfully manage these conditions if needed.
To access these resources, click on the “Online Resources for Hospitals” tab on the websit
- Hospitals can simply share the course URL with their perinatal staff.
- Hospital units may also choose to convene staff in groups and conduct the training all together, projecting the modules onto a larger screen, and allowing for questions and discussion.
- Once a learner clicks on the URL to access the online training course, he/she will be guided through a few short fields to register as a user, and may then proceed to complete the course by clicking the play button on each successive video module.
- It is recommended that the entire course (10 modules-55 minutes total) be completed at once, but, if needed, the learner can exit the course and enter it again at a later time. The modules are followed by a brief knowledge test and course evaluation.
- Yes, 1 CE unit for nursing is awarded upon completion of the online course, the evaluation, and the post test.
- If employees are taking the course as a group, the system cannot verify and provide the 1 CE unit for each participant, but an individual hospital may choose to approve the content using their own Provider Number.
- Upon course completion the learner will be directed to a knowledge test and course evaluation, after which the certificate of completion can be immediately saved and printed out.
- The certificate will also show 1 contact hour earned of continuing education for nurses.
- Hospitals can request reports on course completion by their staff.
HQI’s PMH Learning Community is funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and all the materials have been created through a partnership with subject matter experts at Maternal Mental Health Now and at Dignity Health. During the design phase, and continuing forward in the implementation phase, additional clinicians and stakeholder organizations are contributing input and sharing resources.
Yes! Although the majority of birthing hospitals in California are already on board, any additional hospital is welcome to join the PMH Learning Community at any time during the two-year program period through the end of 2021.