The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) today announced a collaborative project between the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) and the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) to impact equity gaps in the post-partum mental health screening and treatment provided to Black mothers in both rural and urban areas of Wisconsin. The project recently received American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding administered by the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment.
This funding will allow WisMed, in collaboration with PSW and WNA, to launch pilot programs connecting Health Care Professionals (HCPs) with community partners within an urban and rural Wisconsin community. Education of physicians, pharmacists, and nurses will focus on improving the overall care and mental health of Black mothers during and after pregnancy, appropriate medication usage, and awareness around early warning signs of mental health concerns. The group will also aggregate, review, and distribute information on community resources and supports to surround the care of expectant Black mothers.