ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH: PART 2 – MATERNAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND THE IMPACT ON FAMILIES

In my last blog, I talked about how an individual’s ability to access food, housing and transportation can profoundly impact their health and wellbeing. These social determinants of health—the societal and economic circumstances that influence one’s health throughout the lifespan—greatly affect behavioral health outcomes as well. Moms Are Especially Vulnerable Maternal behavioral health disorders, particularly […]

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Part 1 – Missed Connections

In 2009, I was running focus groups with low-income mothers in Massachusetts. They were participants in the state’s WIC nutrition program and I was hoping to better understand their needs and barriers to accessing care. The word that kept coming up was “transportation,” or rather, the lack thereof in their communities. These mothers were missing […]

Addressing the #1 Complication of Childbirth

As part of maternal mental health awareness month, we’re shining a light on postpartum depression—the #1 complication of childbirth. Did you know that 1-in-7 moms and 1-in-10 dads experience emotional struggles after the birth of their baby? Parents of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can […]

Medicaid Members Embrace Mobile for Maternity

Wildflower Study Compares Mobile App Engagement Among Commercial vs. Medicaid Populations Will Medicaid members engage with a mobile app that supports healthy pregnancies? And will this population engage at a higher rate than commercial groups? Wildflower recently studied engagement for our Medicaid clients and compared these rates with commercial clients to determine which audience was […]

Wildflower Health Announces Publication of Outcomes

I am thrilled to announce that users of our Due Date Plus application were found to engage in prenatal care earlier and have fewer low-birth weight babies than non-app users. Wildflower Health’s first peer-reviewed journal article, “Impact of a Mobile Health Application on User Engagement and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Wyoming Medicaid Members,” is an original […]