Past Initiatives

Positively Moms Initiative

Our Positively Moms Initiative (PMI) sought to advance the understanding and treatment of maternal distress in order to address its negative impact on healthy child development and functioning.

This three-year, $1.5 million initiative began in July 2011 and ran through 2014. The initiative supported experienced, home-visitng service providers in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and in Hawaii (along with research/evaluation partners) and allows them to assess the prevalence of perinatal maternal distress in high-risk families and to design and implement new interventions in order to help those mothers and their children thrive.

The results yielded rich data for further exploration of maternal distress and targeted interventions, in particular the role of social supports for reducig maternal distress and the potential of investing in strong maternal-child interaction to improve longer-term child and family outcomes.

To learn more, we invite you to review the PMI Executive Summary.