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Florida BH IMPACT celebrates Black History 365. 
FL BH IMPACT recognizes the deep contributions of African American clinicians and patients to the fabric of American life.
Florida BH IMPACT's Action on Health Inequities and Racism
To see the Core Value and Practice Action Steps that the Florida BH IMPACT team is taking to address health inequities, click here. These objectives weave through everything we do in our program. Florida BH IMPACT is continuously modifying our program to include helpful information for clinicians & families with health equity at the forefront.
Physician Spotlight: Dr. Alexander "A.D." Brickler II

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to highlight a Leon county legend, Dr. A.D. Brickler. With a medical career spanning 6 decades and with over 30,000 Tallahassee newborns delivered, Dr. Brickler has contributed greatly to the Tallahassee community. From overcoming the challenges of practicing through segregation and integration after moving to Tallahassee to becoming the first Black physician at TMH in 1971, Dr. Brickler's long career is marked with numerous recognitions, awards and honors. These honors include being recognized with the Florida Hospital Association's Lifetime Heroic Achievement Award in 2008 and the renaming of the TMH Women's Pavilion to Alexander D. Brickler, MD Women's Pavilion in 2014.

Over the course of his time at TMH, Dr. A.D. Brickler trained more than 330 residents through the Family Medicine Residency Program. His impact will be felt far and wide for a long time to come as the "Brickler babies" grow up and those who he trained continue to practice. Dr. A.D. Brickler
 retired in 2019 at the age of 90. Now his son, Dr. A.J. Brickler, obstetrician at TMH and enrolled provider of BH IMPACT, and his other three children continue his legacy.

To read more about Dr. A.D. Brickler, click here to read a feature in the Tallahassee Democrat detailing his life full of trailblazing work. For a timeline of his accomplishments, click here.
Dr. A.D. Brickler discusses his life and career in this episode of Tallahassee Inspired. Learn more about Dr. Brickler and his journey here.
Every Mother Counts has created a Black Maternal Health Resource List that includes information on the impact of systemic racism, policy recommendations and books on the Black maternal health crisis, and resources for anti-racism and allyship. Resources include items from the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Association to Advance Black Birth, and more. Check out some of the featured resources below.
Provider Resources

Setting the Standard for Holistic Care of and for Black Women, published by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, outlines recommendations using a reproductive justice and human rights framework.

Black Women’s Maternal Health: A Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Persistent and Dire Health Disparities offers steps that policymakers, health care professionals and communities can take to improve care.

TED Talk - 
Wanda Irving: How the US medical community fails Black mothersIn this March 2020 TED Talk, Wanda Irving details the appalling statistics on maternal mortality and makes a personal plea for the medical community to take steps towards reform to improve outcomes.
Patient Resources
Protecting Your Birth: A Guide For Black Mothers is an article that offers an educational guide to inform Black women of the unique risks they could encounter during pregnancy & postpartum and explains how to prepare.

Black Mental Health Alliance offers resources, access to therapists and psychiatrist listings, and aims to provide forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities.

The Black Birthing Bill of Rights outlines the rights to respectful, equitable, and high-quality care for Black people engaging in maternity care
Publicly Available Mental Health Directories (click to open new window)
Upcoming Quarter 1 FLMMHC Workgroup Meeting
The next workgroup meeting will be held today
February 28, 2022 from 11:30 - 12:30. 

To view the agenda, click here (opens Word file).
Click here to download the calendar invitation. The team looks forward to seeing you there!
Conference Content is now Available for download for all 2021 Attendees.
Visit the FLMMHC site and view the Conference tab to login with your password and access the materials. 
Click here to visit the FLMMHC Website!
Provider Portal 
Registration / Login

The provider portal has access to clinical and evidence-based behavioral health resources, training materials, and more!
Mother's Mental Health Toolkit
Mental health resources for mothers, families, and health care professionals.
FL Moms Mental Health 
Resource Directory

Florida families and healthcare providers can use this site to search for services that align with their specific needs, preferred payment type, and geographic location.
Florida BH IMPACT Website
Click above to visit our website for more program information, resources, and provider-specific tools.
Learn about Florida BH IMPACT from our team, Dr. Heather Flynn, Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, and Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross. 
Thank you to the 
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative for hosting and editing this video.

Florida BH IMPACT aims to improve the identification and treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients who experience mental health and substance abuse disorders by expanding behavioral health screening and access to services for prenatal, pregnant, and postpartum women. The program promotes maternal and child health by building healthcare providers' capacity for addressing these critical issues through professional development, expert consultation and support, and dissemination of best practices.

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This publication was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau under grant number UK3MC32242. This publication lists non-federal resources in order to provide additional information to consumers. The views and content in these resources have not been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Listing these resources is not an endorsement by HHS or HRSA.
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