Bhat awarded ITHS pilot award

Department news | April 21, 2022

Amritha Bhat, MBBS, MD, MPH, received the Translational Research Partnership Award for Academic Community Partnerships for her project “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building the Capacity of Birth Doulas to Improve Access to Care and Outcomes for Parents and Babies.” The pilot funding will allow the study team (Bhat, Bespalova, Adachi and Quiray) to obtain preliminary data in collaboration with Open Arms Perinatal Services to establish a proof of concept around the role doulas can play in mental health support, especially for Black/African American, Somali, Latine/Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities of the Puget Sound region. The awards support collaborations between academic and community investigators in projects that investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion or prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings.