Nebraska affiliate highlighting perinatal depression screenings.
With a goal of increasing the identification and screening of women with perinatal perinatal /peri·na·tal/ (-na´t'l) relating to the period shortly before and after birth; from the twentieth to twenty-ninth week of gestation to one to four weeks after birth.
adj. depression and raising mothers' awareness of pregnancy-related depression, the Public Health Association of Nebraska has teamed with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS in a unique program that combines public awareness with provider education.
The Nebraska Perinatal Depression Project, launched in June with a $216,000 grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose goal is to improve access to health care for those without insurance. , provides pregnancy-related depression resources to new and expectant mothers expectant mother n → futura madre f
expectant mother expect n → werdende Mutter f
expectant mother n and their families, and interactive educational curricula to health care providers who want to increase their knowledge of perinatal depression screening, referral and treatment.
"We are very proud of this project," said Rita Parris, executive director of the Public Health Association of Nebraska. "Our ultimate hope is that perinatal depression can be identified quickly so that steps can be taken to prevent negative consequences."
The Nebraska Affiliate's Public Health Nursing Section coordinated the provider-education side of the campaign. The section worked with nine provider groups--including pediatricians, obstetricians, psychiatrists This list includes notable psychiatrists.
Individuals listed below are all physicians, and are board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, or are members of the American Psychiatric Association, or the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, or , registered nurses, certified See certification. nurse midwives and psychologists--to create an interactive, Web-based curriculum to train providers on perinatal depression screening, appropriate referral and treatment. Continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). credits are available to physicians, nurses and licensed mental health providers who successfully complete the curriculum.
The curriculum is offered as part of a toolkit that contains a CD-based learning module, resource lists, brochures, posters and a tablet See digitizer tablet and tablet computer.
TABLET - A query language.
["Human Factor Comparison of a Procedural and a Non-procedural Query Language", C. Welty et al, ACM Trans Database Sys 6(4):626-649 (Dec 1981)]. of screening tools based on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Postnatal depression is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth. It is widely considered to be treatable. Studies report prevalence rates from 5% to 25%, but methodological differences among the studies make the actual Scale, a simple, 10-item questionnaire used to screen patients for postnatal depression. A provider-oriented Web site also is offered at www.hhss.ne.gov/perinataldepression.
Many of the toolkits were distributed to providers at a statewide public health nursing conference last spring. Additional toolkits were mailed to providers at health departments across Nebraska.
"Sitting at the public health nursing conference, I noticed people were very impressed with the toolkits," Parris said. "I am just hoping that they are putting them to use."
For example, public health nurses in a clinic can distribute the brochures contained in the toolkit or hang the posters in locations where patients will see them. They might also insert the curriculum CD into their home computers, work through the self-study program and then log onto the Web site to take the test and possibly earn three continuing education credits.
Carol Isaac, MA, RN, who managed the provider-education effort for the Nebraska Affiliate, said the perinatal depression project represents Nebraska's first attempt to formally address perinatal depression among women in the state. The project is an important and timely one for the Affiliate's Public Health Nursing Section, Isaac noted, because interest in perinatal depression as a mental health issue is increasing.
Winning the contract from the state to create the project's provider-education curriculum continues nearly six consecutive years of the Nebraska Public Health Nursing Section's success in writing grants or proposals "and getting them funded to meet the needs of people across our state," Isaac said.
Project coordinators created the multifaceted mul·ti·fac·et·ed
Having many facets or aspects. See Synonyms at versatile.
Adj. 1. multifaceted - having many aspects; "a many-sided subject"; "a multifaceted undertaking"; "multifarious interests"; "the multifarious , statewide program based on information gleaned through focus groups and family interviews conducted across Nebraska in 2006. For example, the majority of focus group participants said they had received a wealth of information about healthy babies from their health care providers, but very little information about their own emotional reactions to pregnancy or childbirth childbirth: see birth.
Childlessness (See BARRENNESS.)
(Rom. Diana) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth. .
Most of the women said they referred to books, friends, family and the Internet for information about depression associated with being pregnant. The majority of the participants noted, however, that they attach a high level of credibility to information communicated to them by a health care professional.
For its part, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which handled the public outreach side of the campaign, worked with a marketing firm in Lincoln, Neb., to create the campaign's tagline, "Reach Out and Discover a New Day," as well as brochures, posters, radio spots in English and Spanish, a Web site at www.hhss.ne.gov/MomsReachOut and a telephone helpline helpline
a telephone line set aside for callers to contact an organization for help with a problem
helpline n → teléfono de asistencia al público
at (800) 862-1889.
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