The Policy Workgroup promotes and develops maternal and child health policy initiatives. Members advocate for local and state legislation that will advance health equity and improve health outcomes.
Policy Workgroup Chair: Samantha Goldfarb, DrPH, MPH
From the MMHLA
MARCH HAS ROARED IN LIKE A LION!
It's been a busy and successful few weeks in maternal mental health (MMH) advocacy and policy. Here's a snapshot of three big "wins" in March.
WIN #1: CONGRESS INCREASES $$$ FOR MMH PROGRAMS
On March 10, Congress passed the FY22 federal budget, increasing funding for MMH programs by $2.5 million for a total of $10.5 million. Funding will be used to support
a dedicated 24/7 MMH hotline and to provide grants to states for MMH programs.
WIN #2: NEW LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS MMH
On March 14, leaders in Congress introduced Into the Light legislation to authorize, expand, and fund existing MMH programs. MMHLA has been working on this bill for almost a year, and we are so grateful to Representative Katherine Clark and Senator Kirstin Gillibrand for leading this legislation.
WIN #3: MMH ADVOCACY DAY
On March 16, approximately 150 advocates participated in MMH Advocacy Day, holding 115 Zoom meetings in just 4 hours and storming social media. Advocacy Day "asks" included increasing FY23 funding for MMH programs and gaining additional Congressional co-sponsors for MMH legislation.
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Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.
Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.