ELEMENTS OF THE COLORADO MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH FRAMEWORK

The Framework is comprised of the following goals, core values and cross-cutting strategies which are used to inform processes, structures and outcomes.

As you review the Framework elements, please know we are actively learning to use inclusive language as we work to ensure the needs of all pregnant and postpartum people are prioritized and met. This is a work in progress and benefits from your voice, ideas and questions. Please see the Gender Inclusive Language Guide for more information and insights on using inclusive language in your perinatal mental health efforts.

Vision I Goals I Core Values I How We Do Our Work I Cross-Cutting Strategies

Vision

All pregnant and postpartum people in Colorado are resilient and thriving, with their mental health and wellness needs prioritized and met during pregnancy and early parenting.

Goals

Supportive Community

Coloradans value the importance of maternal mental health, promoting a culture in which all pregnant and postpartum people are more likely and able to seek support.

Maximized Prevention

Communities, providers, employers, insurers, families and other key stakeholders implement emergent prevention strategies and supportive policies for all pregnant and postpartum people.

Universal Screening and Appropriate Referral

As a routine component of care, service providers appropriately screen all pregnant and postpartum people for maternal mental health concerns and help them navigate and access care.

Comprehensive, Inclusive, and Responsive Continuum of Care

Communities, providers, employers, insurers, families and other key stakeholders establish an effective, coordinated and culturally responsive continuum of care accessible to all Coloradans. This continuum of care is aligned with the needs of pregnant and postpartum people and their families, and reduces disparities.

Core Values

We are guided by five core values:

  1. We partner ‘with’ rather than ‘doing for’ women and families.
  2. We honor and engage the pregnant and postpartum person’s experience and needs.
  3. We build on the strengths and acknowledge the needs of parents and children together.
  4. We integrate social, emotional and physical health.
  5. We recognize the impact of larger social, environmental and economic factors.

How we do our work

Engage

We engage a broad community and diverse stakeholders.

Improve

We assess progress, confront challenges, reduce disparities and celebrate success.

Collaborate

We build a strong network to leverage opportunities and resources.

Align

We make sure our work in each area of maternal mental health supports this Framework.

Create Equity

We actively work to build inclusive and effective systems.

Cross-cutting Strategies

Policy and Financing

Policy and Financing refers to systems-level direction and funding included in law, regulation, and administrative policy. It also includes operational decision-making, training, adoption of best practice, modification of health plan benefits and reimbursement requirements, and human resource management to support perinatal mental health for all.

Workforce

Workforce strategies encompass two distinct audiences. We must build the confidence, capability and skills to address maternal mental health needs across a variety of sectors. We must also make sure those workforce members affected by perinatal mental health, directly and indirectly, receive the support they need.

Programs and Services

Programs and Services represent the work of designing, delivering and expanding effective efforts to support the prevention, identification, assessment and care for perinatal mental health. Efforts support a person-centered approach, inclusive of input and feedback from those receiving services.

Communication

Communication involves both internal communication among those working in this space to ensure opportunities for collaboration, alignment, and education, as well as external communication to and with communities and leaders about the importance and opportunity to promote perinatal mental health.

Measurement and Assessment

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving. It involves making expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve. This requires identifying common indicators to be measured on an ongoing basis, and being aware of addressing inherent biases in the way we collect, measure and interpret data.