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PCORI Pipeline Award to Improve Postpartum Depression Care in Central New Jersey

Jeanette Valentine, Director, Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative, is Project Lead and Gloria Bachmann, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director, RWJMS Women’s Health Institute, is Project Co-lead. The award provides one year of funding to (1) assemble a team of researchers, patients, and key stakeholders and build their capacity to conduct stakeholder-engaged research to improve Postpartum Depression (PPD) care in the region; (2) plan a study comparing different approaches to improving outcomes of care; and (3) apply for larger scale funding from PCORI to identify the most effective approaches to improving systems and outcomes for all patients.

The organizational partners will engage providers in central New Jersey who are involved in providing PPD care from screening to treatment interventions and to include patients with PPD, survivors, and their family members in this partnership. Organizational partners feature birthing hospitals, clinics, community referral organizations, public health, community mental health providers, and payers. Current partners include RWJ-Barnabas Health Care System; Monmouth Medical Center – Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Center; Central Jersey Family Health Consortium - Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative; Rutgers Health; University Behavioral Health Center; and New Jersey Department of Health – Division of Family Health Services. This initiative provides an opportunity for the partnership between Rutgers Health and the Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Health System to develop a population health strategy to addressing an important complication of pregnancy and childbirth within the context of a large and complex health care system. This project provides Rutgers investigators an opportunity to advance engagement science and trans-disciplinary approaches in community health and health systems research efforts.


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