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MOMS Impact

Highlights on research on MOMS include:

  • MOMS reduces maternal depressive symptoms
  • MOMS increases maternal employment
  • MOMS increases a mother's ability to meet her family's basic needs

MOMS Model

Innovative mental health care delivery models have been proposed as a method to address disparities in access and utilization. This study characterizes patients' perspectives and experiences of participating in one such innovative delivery model, group cognitive behavioral therapy within a supermarket setting. 

McMickens CL, Clayton A, Rosenthal MS, Wallace L, Howell HB, Bell G, Smith MV: A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers' Experiences Receiving Mental Health Services in a Supermarket Setting. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jan 29; 2019 Jan 29. PMID: 30694441

Diaper need

Maternal mental illness constitutes one of most significant public health problems facing women of reproductive age and their children. Women who mother in poverty experience additional stressors, pointing to the need for innovative public health promotion efforts to reduce mental illness. Simple innovations, like making diapers more available and affordable, may represent an effective method of addressing this problem. This paper describes the research findings on diaper need reported by the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership and the process of translating these findings into broader policy and advocacy efforts. 

Wallace LR, Weir AM, Smith MVPolicy Impact of Research Findings on the Association of Diaper Need and Mental Health. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Oct 17. PMID: 29050653 

Material hardship represents a potential mechanism by which poverty influences the mental health of mothers. This study examined the association between two forms of material hardship, diaper need and food insufficiency, and maternal depressive symptoms. 

Austin AE, Smith MVExamining Material Hardship in Mothers: Associations of Diaper Need and Food Insufficiency with Maternal Depressive Symptoms. Health Equity. 2017; 2017 Sep 1. PMID: 29082357 18 

This is the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, propose a method to measure diaper need, and explore psychosocial variables associated with diaper need in a large sample of urban, low-income families. 

Smith MV, Kruse A, Weir A, Goldblum J: Diaper need and its impact on child health. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug; 2013 Jul 29. PMID: 23897910

Coming Soon

  • MOMS impact in public housing
  • MOMS impact on employment and basic needs
  • DC MOMS pilot outcomes