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The Framework is activated through five cross-cutting strategies.

  • 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. Learn more about this strategy.

  • 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. Learn more about this strategy.

  • 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. Learn more about this strategy.

  • 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. Learn more about this strategy.

  • 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. Learn more about this strategy.