Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®

Welcome!

Depression is hard. But it doesn't have to last forever. We help women who have struggled because every mother matters.

The MOMS Partnership® is a program that has successfully reduced depressive symptoms among over-burdened, under-resourced pregnant women, moms, and other adult female caregivers in a family. Launched in New Haven, the MOMS Partnership brings mental health within reach of women, literally meeting them where they are.

With implementation costs that can total as little as $2,000 for each woman served, we are proud to partner with women to generate real results in their lives. Among the results of past evaluations:

  • 78% of MOMS participants complete the program compared to average of 30% nationally of a similar population who adhere to their mental health treatment.
  • 76% of MOMS participants experience a decrease in depressive symptoms from beginning to end of the MOMS program. Of those experiencing a decrease, the average participant experienced a 48% drop in depressive symptoms.
  • MOMS participants have a 67% decrease in parenting stress from beginning to end of the MOMS program.
  • Children of MOMS participants attend 6 more days of school per year compared to children of non-participants.
  • The percentage of women working at least 15 hours a week dramatically increases after participating in the MOMS Partnership - from 15% at time of enrollment to 39% at six months after graduating from MOMS.

It is a privilege to partner with the women we serve.

MOMS Video

MOMS Founder, Principal Investigator, and Executive Director Megan Smith, MPH, DrPH, discusses the program and shows our grocery store hub in a 3-minute video for Hearst Health. Film produced by Hearst Health in partnership with Jefferson College of Public Health.

Elevate

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Yale’s work to scale the MOMS Partnership® to and with communities outside of New Haven resides within Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty.

Job Opportunities

Elevate is hiring for the following position:

Please note that any references to the Center on Policy Innovation for Family Mental Health in this post should be read as references to Elevate, which is the new name for the Center.

The Latest From MOMS

New Yale Policy Lab to Scale MOMS
May 6, 2019

Yale officially launches Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty, which is scaling the MOMS Partnership® to and with new communities.

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New collaboration to bring MOMS to Kentucky
May 2, 2019

The MOMS Partnership® is thrilled to announce an official collaboration with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the Kentucky Center for Statistics to launch a KY MOMS program in 2020.
This cross-agency collaboration will work to enhance the mental health of Kentucky mothers, helping lift families to opportunity and supporting generations to succeed.

MOMS Partnership® and Vermont Reach Up to launch VT MOMS
March 21, 2019

MOMS is thrilled to announce an official partnership with Vermont Reach Up — the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program — to launch a Vermont MOMS program in early 2020.

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New Research from MOMS Supports Meeting Women Where They Are, Including the Supermarket
February 21, 2019

Participants in the New Haven MOMS program find mental health services offered in a local supermarket to be convenient and less stigmatizing, according to a new study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal. This research supports the use of innovative approaches to delivering mental health services— and underscores our commitment at MOMS to meeting women where they are.

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