CLASP's mental health work advances systems and policy change with an explicit focus on how a person's race and ethnicity affects how they interact with the health system. Without a direct understanding of how mental health and wellbeing are seen by those who are living in poverty, we cannot create effective policy solutions.
This brief offers a variety of strategies that policymakers and advocates can use to advance racial equity in maternal mental health. It offers many effective models from communities across the country. While many of these success stories are about broad health issues, they contain lessons that can be applied to maternal mental health policy.
Workplace conditions and employer policies are taking an incredible toll on Black maternal health. Increasing access to health care and paid family and medical leave will have a huge benefit for Black mothers and their children.