On January 17, El Camino Health was pleased to welcome Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez to discuss our groundbreaking maternal mental health care services.
Over the past 10 years, El Camino Health has become a leader in providing access to high-quality maternal mental health care. Our Maternal Outreach Mood Services (MOMS) Program, a collaborative effort between maternal health services and the Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services, includes intensive outpatient care, partial hospitalization and, if needed, a dedicated inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit — only the third such specialty inpatient unit in the U.S. and the only one on the west coast.
We also provide free classes to the community to help new parents prepare for the emotional changes the birth of a child can bring, as well as an annual symposium that brings health professionals, policy leaders and advocates together.
Supervisor Chavez is passionate about and is a strong advocate for women's health and women's mental health, as well as integrating behavioral health and medical care. She has also been a leader in working to address health disparities. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked with colleagues, cities and community groups to get more coronavirus testing sites in neighborhoods and communities of color hard hit by COVID-19.
Chavez represents nearly half a million residents in District 2, including the area of Central, East and South San Jose. On the Board of Supervisors, she chairs the board's Children, Families and Seniors Committee and serves on the Finance and Government Operations Committee. She was recently appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Board of State and Community Corrections, which will require Senate confirmation.
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