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Northwestern Receives RWJF Grant to Evaluate Maternal and Child Health Intervention

The Center for Community Health (CCH) has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention integrated into home visiting programs to address postpartum depression in low-income perinatal women.

The evaluation will examine the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention, the Mothers and Babies Program, on improving key maternal and child health outcomes, particularly depressive symptoms, and will rigorously evaluate the implementation of the intervention. The Mothers and Babies Program has previously been shown to reduce depressive symptoms and prevent major depression when implemented in a group format. Recently, Mothers and Babies has been adapted to be delivered via a one-on-one format (MB 1-on-1), which serves the entire state of Florida. The program trains home visitors from 32 Healthy Start home visiting coalitions on MB 1-on-1.

“Postpartum depression is one of the most common forms of maternal morbidity after delivery, and it disproportionately affects low-income women. Over the last several years, the Mothers and Babies Program has attempted to move the needle on outcomes related to postpartum depression. The Mothers and Babies 1-on-1 format is the newest innovation to our work. The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will provide us with valuable data on effectiveness and implementation of the 1-on-1 version of Mothers and Babies,” said Dr. Darius Tandon, the principal investigator on the grant and associate director of CCH.

This two-year project is a collaboration among Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineFlorida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, the Florida Department of Health, and Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy. Dr. J.D. Smith, assistant professor in Northwestern’s Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology, is a co-investigator on the project.

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