Colorado has taken steps to improve the mental health of pregnant and postpartum people, yet there is still much work to be done to ensure all families are resilient and thriving. The Collaborative & Framework is a central source for Coloradans to effectively collaborate, take action, and accelerate progress toward improved mental health and wellness of all pregnant and postpartum people in Colorado. Click here to view a 2019 snapshot report providing stakeholders with an overview of the Collaborative & Framework’s progress since its launch, along with plans for the future, and opportunities for engagement.

Please note, the Framework is not intended as a resource for families or caregivers. If you are seeking care or support for yourself or a loved one, help is available. Visit the Need Help? page for links to information and resources.

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This work benefits from your voice, ideas, questions, contributions and stories. Read more about the Collaborative & Framework below and visit the Take Action page to see how you can participate in this effort, stay engaged, and access tools to support your work.

What is the Framework?

The Framework is intended as a guiding, unifying document and source to support any and all stakeholders across Colorado to:

  1. better align work in maternal mental health,
  2. unite under a shared vision and set of goals,
  3. enhance impact, and
  4. build stronger collaborations and advocacy.

The Framework aims to overcome barriers to connecting referrals and services, collecting data to support work, and creating policy change. Additionally, the Framework provides a way to “talk” about perinatal mental health efforts in Colorado and is a tool for orienting organizations, coalitions, and broader spokespeople to these shared objectives.

What is the Collaborative?

The Collaborative is a strong network of diverse stakeholders from across Colorado working together to support maternal mental health. The Collaborative supports the work of varied professionals, advocates, and organizations in their perinatal mental health efforts. The Framework is not owned by any single organization. The Collaborative is a collective effort building partnerships and fostering conversations and collaborations. Together we hold ourselves accountable to ensure the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum people are met and prioritized through policy, community and systemic support. The Collaborative represents numerous sectors and areas of expertise including, but not limited to: behavioral health, community advocates, faith-based leaders, employers, early care & education, health care, philanthropy, public health, public policy, and state & local government.

Who is involved with the Collaborative?

The Collaborative is a collective impact effort comprised of more than 30 organizations with diverse and critical experience and roles in supporting perinatal mental health and wellness. The current structure includes several levels of stakeholder engagement and leadership. The Colorado Maternal Mental Health Framework Collaborative Leadership Group consists of participants representing numerous sectors and areas of expertise related to perinatal mental health. The group is supported by a steering committee that focuses on coordination, strategic direction, and decision-making, as well as six workgroups: Communications, Equity, Measurement and Assessment, Policy and Financing, Programs and Services, Workforce. 

The Collaborative strives to share the strengths of stakeholders and bring all voices to the table in concerted action through collaboration, communication, and data-informed evaluation. Your participation and input is valued. Click the button at the bottom of this page to see how you can participate in this effort, stay engaged, and access tools to support your work.

Who provides backbone support to the Collaborative & Framework?

In 2019, Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) leadership expressed interest in serving as the backbone organization for the Collaborative & Framework to help guide and sustain the work, and to make further impact for pregnant and postpartum people in our state. The Collaborative & Framework’s Steering Committee and CPCQC Board of Directors approved the decision to move forward with the transition in early 2020. As the backbone organization for the Collaborative & Framework, CPCQC will help maintain overall strategic coherence and coordinate and manage the day-to-day operations and implementation of work, including stakeholder engagement, communications, data collection and analysis. Click here to read an FAQ document about this transition.

How is the Collaborative & Framework addressing equity?

The Collaborative & Framework acknowledges that systemic social, economic and environmental factors drive health outcomes for individuals and communities, in which significant and adverse inequities exist. These negatively impact the health and well-being of some pregnant and postpartum people in Colorado more than others. We are actively working to build an equitable mental health system that is flexible and responsive to the differing needs and desires of all families so they have the economic, social and political power, and resources needed to support their well-being and to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.

How was the Collaborative & Framework created?

In 2018, a group of engaged public health, advocacy, healthcare, academic research, and community, leaders, with support from Zoma Foundation, successfully developed a guiding Framework (English / Spanish) for all Coloradans to support effective collaboration, impactful action, and accelerated progress toward improved maternal mental health. As the Collaborative effort moves forward, the Framework will strengthen the case for funding for perinatal mental health, inform policy efforts, guide tracking of outcomes related to perinatal mental health, and streamline stakeholder efforts to improve perinatal mental health across the state.