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Kansas Connecting Communities

The 2021 Connecting Communities Series focuses on the rise of mental health and substance abuse disorders in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perinatal Behavioral Health: Access to Care, COVID-19 and Beyond

The total effects of the pandemic remain incalculable, yet emerging evidence suggests mental health and substance use disorders are on the rise. This is especially concerning for the perinatal population where the physical effects of these disorders may impact both woman and child. Join our expert panel of perinatal and behavioral health specialists on this 4-week series focused on the physicians' and other frontline health care providers roles in identifying risk for these disorders, providing treatment recommendations and accessing care coordination and referral support in an increasingly telehealth dependent landscape.

This TeleECHO series is most helpful to the following professions:

  • Physicians: OB/GYN, Family Practice, Pediatrics
  • Other advanced practice providers and nurses
  • Behavioral health clinicians
  • MCH providers and support service organizations
  • Consumer/Patient/Family representatives or support organizations
  • Others committed to the improvement of this population's health outcomes
  • Others committed to strengthening the workforce(s) supporting the improvement of this population's health outcomes

Session 1: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Frontline Medical Providers' Roles in Treating Perinatal Behavioral Health Disorders, presented by Faith Butler, M.D.

Session 2: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Medication Therapy for Maternal Behavioral Health, presented by Amber Lucas, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP

Session 3: Wednesday, April 21,2021

A Post-Pandemic Outlook & Response to Perinatal Behavioral Health Conditions, presented by Melissa Hoffman, APRN, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Session 4: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Coordinating Integrated Perinatal Care Across Provider Teams, presented by Terrah Stroda, CNM


The Kansas Connecting Communities project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,245,698 with no percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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