Organization Profile - Maternal Mental Health Now

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Programming Area(s)

Mental Health

Desired Expertise

Accounting, Communications, Finance, HR, IT, Legal

Mission Statement

The mission of Maternal Mental Health NOW is to remove barriers to the prevention, identification and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Los Angeles County.

Organization Description

Maternal Mental Health NOW (MMHN) was founded in 2007 by Kimberly Wong, Esq following her personal experience with severe postpartum depression. Despite good healthcare and strong familial and social support, she struggled to find timely and informed help within her community. Upon recovery, Kimberly convened a group of passionate and dedicated individuals – including people with lived experience, health care providers, mental health clinicians, public health experts and more – to fix the perinatal mental health care system in Los Angeles County, with an emphasis on the area’s most vulnerable populations. The result of these convenings were the following three program areas:

  • Training & Technical Assistance – builds the capacity of health care, mental health care and social service providers to identify and respond to perinatal depression and anxiety.
  • Policy & Advocacy – increases access to timely, informed and culturally responsive perinatal mental health care.
  • Public Awareness – reduces stigma associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders so that all those who are suffering are not afraid or ashamed to seek help.

Over the past 15 years, Maternal Mental Health NOW has trained over 19,000 providers, connected over 33,000 individuals to timely and informed care through online resource directory and statewide legislation (AB 2193 and AB 3032), and raised awareness amongst 146,000 pregnant and postpartum people. MMHN is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, and plans to operate as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in mid-2024.

Position Description

Major Responsibilities of Board Members:

• 4 Hour monthly time commitment.
The role of Maternal Mental Health NOW’s Governing Council (i.e. Board of Directors) is to provide leadership in the areas of governance, fundraising, organizational development and strategic planning. Governing Council members are expected to attend bimonthly virtual meetings (6 per year), participate in strategic planning retreats and serve on one of the following Governing Council-led committees: Governance; Finance; Fundraising.

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