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Maternal Health

Maternal Mental Health Lunch and Learn

The Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources convened a Maternal Mental Health Lunch and Learn to continue the Administration’s efforts in making maternal health a priority. Over 150 attendees from various stakeholder groups in the Commonwealth heard from industry experts on existing maternal mental health services available in Virginia to address maternal mental health.

Virginia Mental Health Access Program For Moms+ -- Maternal Mental Health Expansion

Ally Singer Wright, Senior Director, Virginia Mental Health Access Program
VMAP For Moms+ Maternal Mental Health Expansion


Office of Substance Use Services Women's Services - Project LINK Program

Glenda M. Knight, LPC, CSAC, Women's Services Coordinator, Specialty Population Manager
Project LINK Presentation


Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Women's Residential Addiction Treatment Services

Makita Lewis, Program Manager, Women’s Residential Treatment Center, Richmond Behavioral Health
RBHA’s Women’s Residential Addiction Treatment Services


Postpartum Support Virginia – Serving Virginia’s Perinatal Families

Mandolin Restivo, Executive Director, Postpartum Support Virginia
Postpartum Support Virginia



Collaborative Efforts 

Maternal Health Roundtable 

On February 29th 2024, the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources gathered representatives from across Virginia, including legislators, state agencies, and medical community members to discuss strategies for improving Maternal Health. The Governor delivered opening remarks and challenged attendees to establish measurable next steps that address struggling maternal health numbers in the Commonwealth. Presenters spoke to the landscape of maternal health in Virginia,  Medicaid Maternity and Postpartum Care, Private Sector Care, and a community perspective reflecting best practices.  

The Honorable Kay Coles James, former Secretary of the Commonwealth, led a rich open mic discussion with attendees to gather information as to what is needed to improve Virginia’s maternal health. Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, First Lady of Virginia, Suzanne Youngkin, State Health Commissioner Karen Shelton and approximately 75 community members participated in the roundtable. The Governor and Secretary Littel will continue the work to bring every initiative to the table in a collaborative effort to combat the maternal mortality rate, increase access to care, and promote engagement across diverse ethnic and socio-economic lines. 

  • Dr. Karen Shelton, the State Health Commissioner, with the Virginia Department of Health, presented a look at Virginia’s Maternal Health Landscape through a data-driven lens. Attendee’s reviewed data on maternal mortality, maternal outcomes, patient engagement, linkage to care and access to care.
  • Cheryl Roberts, Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Agency Director, presented information on Medicaid Maternity and Postpartum Coverage and Services in Virginia. The presentation included a Medicaid maternal overview, maternal health levers, and current DMAS initiatives.
  • Seema Sarin, MD, FACLM, presented information on Maternal Health: A Whole Health Approach. The presentation included an overview of a whole health focus, the state of maternal health, commercial industry objectives, a focus to drive better outcomes, and recommendations.
  • Stephanie Spencer, Executive Director of Urban Baby Beginnings, presented a Community Provider Perspectives, Reflecting Best Practices.

Virginia Medicaid Maternal Health Services Update

Cheryl Roberts, Director, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance

Maternal Health A Whole Health Approach

Seema Sarin, MD, FACLM

Virginia Health Support - A Community Based Approach

Stephanie Spencer, Executive Director of Urban Baby Beginnings

VA Data Landscape

Dr. Karen Shelton, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health