Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative
Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative
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Funded Projects

Creating a Community with Mothers with Mental Illness Using Opioids

With funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), we aimed to create an active, informed community of mothers and researchers to support future collaborative efforts in confronting the opioid crisis. To do this, we had to change our initial strategy that included online and in-person engagement because of COVID-19. 

The result is a completely digital strategy that brings together mothers, researchers, and providers to solicit feedback from all stakeholder groups.

We used online tools like Zoom, Google Drive, and others to develop resources and tools to support future collaborative efforts in the design, development and testing of treatment models and the dissemination of findings.

We are excited to share with you our Virtual Community Engagement Studio Toolkit. This guide provides any researcher that wants to engage all stakeholders in this important work!

Click the link below to download your copy now!

Please note: This project is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (#8285-BU). The views presented on this website are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of PCORI®, its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.

Engaging Mothers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Our newest project aims to create an engaged online community of mothers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health conditions, with the goal of supporting research engagement and identifying community-driven priorities.

To do this, we are encouraging participation in MMHRC’s online communities by using accessible, non-stigmatizing social media content and addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity. We are also bringing together mothers with IDD, providers and policymakers, and researchers through a five-week Ideas Lab series and one-time Virtual Community Engagement Studio.

Through this work, we hope to build community, identify research priorities, and advance virtual engagement strategies. This project is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and builds on our previous work on community engagement with mothers with mental illness using opioids, and virtual engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.