The Maternal Mental Health Innovation Awards Program

2020 Mom and the Perinatal Mental Health Society (PNMHS), with the generous support of Denver’s Zoma Foundation, announce the Maternal Mental Health Innovation Awards.  

These competitive awards will be presented annually to impactful programs that deserve recognition for leadership in supporting maternal mental health. It is time we share what works in addressing maternal mental health disorders, which impact up to one-in-five women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

The award program seeks exemplary programs that should be lifted up as proven  models for broader adoption across the country.

Innovative Awards Program goals:
• To recognize those who are supporting maternal mental health through innovative initiatives.
• To facilitate sharing innovative models in order to scale and promote change in a rapid and effective manner nationally.

Categories and Criteria of Innovation Awards in Maternal Mental Health:

Innovative Programs in Care – Care models (both clinical and non-clinical) with strong outcomes for addressing maternal mental health and lend themselves to broader adoption. 

Innovative Community Solutions – Leadership, communication, and broad community engagement that brings focus to maternal mental health and sustainable engagement.  

Innovation in Policy and Advocacy – National, state or local legislative or regulatory advocacy efforts with impactful results stemming from passage and/or implementation. 

Award Details: 

In each of three categories, first place and runner-up awardees will receive: 
The first-place winner will receive $3,000 and
An honorable mention winner will receive $1,000. 
A representative from each of the 2017 winners will receive complimentary registration, hotel accommodations for three nights and travel costs for the PNMHS conference in November.  

The Innovation Awards will also be presented at the 2020 Mom conference in 2018 and the PNMHS conference in 2019.

The winning programs will be presented and recorded on Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017. 

Distribution of winning programs via webinar, and highlighted on 2020 Mom website.

Innovation = featuring new methods; advanced and original, introducing new ideas, creative, novel, fresh, unusual, unprecedented, experimental, inventive, ingenious.

Programs do not need to be non-profit, and should have at least 6 months of outcome data.  Applications will be juried by a panel selected by 2020 Mom.

How to Apply:
Applications for 2017 awards are due on July 31, 2017.  Applications must include a two page maximum document with an overview of the program or initiative, including the following subsections:

A. Award category
B. Program objectives and overview of innovation: how is this innovation addressing MMH?
C. Program details, key personnel and timeline
D. Source of initial and sustained funding/support
E. Length of time in operation and sustainability plans
F. Summary of results and evidence of impact
G. Discussion of scalability

Supporting Materials:
Because the goal of the awards program is ultimately to inspire others and scale best practices, applicants should include additional supporting materials. These supplements can include budgets (with or without noted expenses), staffing patterns, strategic plan, work plan and standard operating procedures. Please note that winning program and honorable mention programs documents and award application will be posted on the 2020 Mom website for others across the nation to access.

For the 2017 Award Year, applications are due on July 31, 2017. Winners will be selected by September 1, 2017.
Please email your application and supporting documents to

About 2020 Mom:
2020 Mom, founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, has evolved as a national organization with a mission of Closing gaps in maternal mental health care. 2020 Mom understands the complex health care system and shares widely a platform of action and tools to national, state and local stakeholders and thought leaders to drive policy change.   

About Perinatal Mental Health Society:
The Perinatal Mental Health Society is committed to the advancement of Clinical Care, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE) in the field of maternal mental health.

About the Zoma Foundation:
Early childhood development is a focus of the Zoma Foundation and drives our commitment to reducing social-emotional and executive functioning disparity by age 5 in the greater Denver metro area. Our work is grounded in the belief that every child deserves to be surrounded by supportive, safe environments and that every parent and primary care provider should have easily accessible information and tools to help make that possible.It is our hope that innovative work in addressing maternal mental health and our other initiatives in the greater Denver metro area will yield results that can be replicated statewide, nationally and even internationally.