The Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Programs in Public Health has been awarded a grant to support its Mothers and Babies Program from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ICHCF). IPHAM’s Center for Community Health administers the program, which is one of four grantees who received funding representing ILCHF’s commitment to funding in mental health and innovative and emerging needs.
The Mothers and Babies Course (MB Course) is an intervention program that promotes healthy mood management and maternal self-efficacy by teaching participants how to effectively respond to stress in their lives through increasing the frequency of thoughts and behaviors that lead to positive mood states. Based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and psychoeducation the Mothers and Babies Course is designed to be delivered by professionals or paraprofessionals, and can be delivered as a group intervention or as a one-on-one intervention.
Over the last five years, Dr. Darius Tandon, director of the Mothers and Babies Program and associate director of the Center for Community Health, has worked with HV programs to integrate the Mothers and Babies Course as a strategy to prevent the onset and worsening of depressive symptoms among women at-risk for developing major depression. Dr. Tandon has also worked with Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) programs, community health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, and pediatric primary care practices to implement Mothers and Babies.
“We are delighted to receive funding from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to do a long-term follow-up of families receiving a prenatal stress intervention. This funding will allow us to examine our intervention’s impact on parenting practices and infant behavior and development—areas that most prenatal stress interventions have not previously examined,” said Dr. Tandon.
In total, ILCHF committed over $2.1 million to 24 grantee partners across the state of Illinois for the 4th quarter (September-December) of 2015. Funds will be used to support children’s healthcare needs throughout Illinois.