postpartum Depression (PPD)
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that goes unrecognized in 50 percent of women. PPD has garnered federal, state, and local attention as a major public health problem, not only for the negative health outcomes that untreated PPD may have on mothers, infants, and families, but also for its link with health disparities. This project is designed to respond to calls for innovative, interdisciplinary, community-centered care models that may reach Milwaukee families at risk for PPD.
Phase 1: Pilot study of health literacy, depression symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in women with children enrolled in an early intervention program.
Phase 2: Develop and implement a depression screening program in the early intervention practice of Lutheran Social Services’ Birth to 3 Program.
Phase 3: Program the depression screening program components developed in phase 2 into the Starting Strong Early Childhood Integrated Database System.
Approximately 50 mothers (25 from Ozaukee County and 25 from Milwaukee County) will be screened.
May 21, 2007 – December 31, 2009
Center for Urban Population Health’s Center Scientist Development Program through the Wisconsin Partnership Fund
Progress to Date
Phase 1 Summary of Findings
English and Spanish versions of a patient education pamphlet for postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder were developed and are available to healthcare providers and consumers.
Pizur-Barnekow, K., Doering, J., Cashin, S., Patrick, T. & Rhyner, P. (2010). Functional Health Literacy and Mental Health in Urban and Rural Mothers of Children Enrolled in Early Intervention Programs. Infants & Young Children, 23(1): 42-51.
Doering, J.J. & Pizur-Barnekow, K.B. (2009). Community-based maternal mental health screening in an early intervention program. Poster presented at theWisconsin Association of Perinatal Care (WAPC) Annual Conference, Pewaukee, WI (April).
Doering, J.J. & Pizur-Barnekow, K.B. (2009). Community-based maternal mental health screening in an early intervention program. Poster presented at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Conference, Washington, D.C. (February).
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing
Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences
Kris A. Pizur-Barnekow, PhD
Timothy B. Patrick, PhD
Paula M. Rhyner, PhD
Susan E. Cashin, PhD
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. (LSS)
Molly Schrager, MSW