Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes when implemented in multiple real-life settings, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities.

Racial and Ethnic Inequities In Postpartum Depressive Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Care in 7 US Jurisdictions

Haight, S. C., Daw, J. R., Martin, C. L., Sheffielf-Abdullah, K., Verbiest, S., Pence, B. W., Maselko, J.

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Peer Review Study

Data Collection and Analysis
Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This study examines racial and ethnic inequalities in postpartum depression and perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) diagnoses and care. Past studies have revealed large differences in the rates at which people express symptoms of PPD and PMAD and the rates at which they receive diagnoses and mental health care. The authors of this study aimed to determine the role that race and ethnicity plays in these disparities. To do so they followed the perinatal journeys of several thousand women and discovered that while there were no significant differences in diagnosis by race / ethnicity, women of color were significantly less likely to receive mental health care than their non-Hispanic White counterparts. This data reflects the importance of destigmatizing perinatal mental health challenges and promoting equitable health care. Some of the authors recommendations include the creation of policies requiring PPD and PMAD screenings and reimbursement and trainings around culturally responsive care.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

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Setting(s) of Implementation

Clinical, Community

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