Recognizing their efforts to help pregnant women and new mothers cope with mood swings, the Barton County Commission honored a team of Health Department staff members Wednesday morning with the Employee Recognition Award for the third quarter of 2021.
The Employee Relations Committee selected Health Department employees Christina Delgadillo, Sarahi Delgado, Bev Frizell, Debra Higgins, Christy Huslig and Elgica Ordonez. The work with the department’s maternal and child health program known as Kansas Moms in Mind, said ERC President Bailey Rankin.
“The group represents one of five Kansas agencies to have participated in the Community Perinatal Behavioral Health Collaborative,” she said. The work includes screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period and referral to treatment.
These are among the services offered by the Department of Health “that are so valued by all the surrounding communities,” Rankin said.
“I know how hard they work,” health director Karen Winkelman said. “They are passionate about what they do. I’m so proud of them.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says, “It is critical, now more than ever, to meet the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum women. The prevalence of women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy was increasing in Kansas before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve seen the situation worsen over the past year.
This common medical complication, if left untreated, can have devastating effects for the mother, infant and family, notes the KDHE. “Maternal and child health programs and providers who support women and families play an important role in improving perinatal and child health outcomes. »
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common obstetric problems that occur during the perinatal period, affecting one in five women, notes the KDHE. “Addressing the mental health needs of mothers is essential to improving population health.