Assistant Dean and Professor Linda Beeber has received a Hillman Innovation in Care Program grant to support the national launch of a newly developed Mental Health Innovation (MHI), as part of Nurse-Family Partnership®.
This will be the first U.S. home-visiting program with an integrated mechanism for mental health care, and will help low-income, first-time mothers with debilitating levels of depression and anxiety. Hillman funds will support implementation and evaluation to enable Nurse-Family Partnership to integrate much-needed behavioral health care throughout its nationwide network of more than 264 implementing agencies. The program will evaluate specific, measurable results including pre- and post-natal pregnancy outcomes for mothers and infants, smoking cessation, second pregnancy postponement, educational attainment, parenting skill, child social-emotional health, accidents, emergency department visits, incidents of abuse, and fatalities.
The Hillman Innovations in Care Program was launched in 2014 by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation and is one of its defining initiatives, providing $600,000 over three years to mature programs that already have strong preliminary evidence behind them and that prove the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing health care services. A list of previous grantees is available here.
For more information on the 2017 Hillman Innovation Grants, please see their press release.
Congratulations, Dr. Beeber!