The Northland Foundation’s Thrive Initiative, a statewide project based in Duluth, MN, aims to increase the capacity of community-based organizations that serve young children and their families in supporting the social and emotional well-being of children 0-8. The Thrive Initiative will develop a community-wide intervention, using the Mothers and Babies Course, to prevent and reduce Perinatal Mood and/or Anxiety Disorders in mothers, therefore improving infant social emotional development. Northland Foundation’s Mothers and Babies Pilot Project will facilitate training for 50-60 providers representing a cross-section of health and human services in Northeastern Minnesota who will deliver the Mothers and Babies Course to 200-250 perinatal women. As part of the project, a Professional Learning Community will be developed to promote information sharing and networking aimed at better serving expectant and new mothers with infants to foster positive health outcomes. Anticipated outcomes include: Increased knowledge and skills among, mental health practitioners, public health professionals, and others to apply current research and relationship-based practice to support better outcomes for expectant and/or new mothers with mood disorders and/or depression. Increased utilization of the Mothers and Babies Course, an evidenced-informed, relationship-based prevention and early intervention program, designed to enhance attachment security between mothers and infants as well as to manage mood and stress. Enhanced continuum of care by fostering collaborative relationships across sectors to promote and support infant and early childhood mental health—the healthy social and emotional development of young children.
|Effective start/end date||11/1/16 → 8/31/17|
- Northland Foundation (Agreement 1/11/17)
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