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Child Mental Health Forum - Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:15am

The MOMS Partnership: Partnering with communities to use neurobiological and behavioral sciences to address maternal depression

Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor, 
Department of Psychiatry 
Director, Yale Child Study Center
Yale School of Medicine
Mothers everywhere face complex challenges as they strive to raise children. These stressors can affect the emotional and physical health of women, which in turn, threatens the establishment of secure, reliable relationships between mothers and children. These relationships are of paramount importance to healthy childhood development Yet, for many overburdened and under-resourced mothers, existing programs do not adequately address the social and emotional complexities that affect women's mental health, oftentimes leading to the deterioration of protective familial and social bonds.
To address this critical gap and to substantially improve the life prospects of children and families, the Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership unites women and their families with those individuals and institutions that are dedicated to the emotional and physical wellness of women. A first-of-its-kind partnership, with scientific underpinnings based on developmental neuroscience and behavioral activation, MOMS provides a community-partnered one-stop shop for mothers to access mental health treatments, job skills, and parenting resources and support. Setting the MOMS Partnership apart is its disciplined, scientific process of innovation that involves collaborative designing, testing, and evaluation of specific intervention strategies in partnership with mothers and agencies and government leaders.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to

  1. Describe community partnered and based approaches to addressing maternal depression 


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Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Psychologists: The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.