Meet our 2018 Ambassador of the Year Finalists
Take a look at some of the phenomenal ways our Ambassadors are engaging with their own communities. These individuals have gone above and beyond to support the efforts of 2020 Mom in impacting Maternal Mental Health in ways that mean so much to them, and to us!
Shalynne Addison – Indiana
Shalynne spends her time focusing on maternal mental health awareness activities in her local Indiana community. She recently spoke at a community baby shower event, and has been organizing community walks to raise awareness. Shalynne also spoke at a training event for professionals engaged in Home Visiting and Early Head Start programming.
Kristina Dulaney – Tennessee
Kristina has used her Ambassador status in her efforts coordinating a community coalition in Tennessee. She has encouraged the conversations about maternal mental health by engaging providers from area hospitals and practices. Kristina also advocates at the federal level by attending Advocacy Days.
Stacey Figg – Michigan
Stacey is an ambassador media maven in Michigan. She often participates in media opportunities to educate about maternal mental health as well as local events that support 2020 Mom. She worked with her state officials this spring to proclaim MMH Awareness Month. Stacey is an inner circle member, donating monthly to our efforts.
Cassandra Gorospe – Illinois
Cassandra is a woman of many maternal mental health goals. She works as a 2020 ambassador by engaging multiple hospitals, agencies and organizations to partner and/or joining their efforts in the fight for improving mamas lives in Illinois. She is actively engaged with elected officials at both the local state level. She hosted a successful fundraiser for 2020 Mom to celebrate her birthday this year.
Sara Beth Janzen – California
Sara Beth is dedicated to making her California workplace a better place for the mothers there. She has worked very closely with her HR department to develop maternity and paternity leave packets complete with all the essential information and resources for their employees. Sara Beth also is a volunteer member of the Women’s Health Patient Advisory Council at her local hospital.
Millie & Ed Pagett – California
Millie and Ed are a husband and wife advocate team who continue to raise funds and awareness in the name of their daughter. They are inner circle members, have actively engaged in supporting federal, state and local legislative efforts in California by attending Advocacy Days and numerous legislative hearings. They continue to support 2020 Mom’s fundraising efforts.
Become a 2020 Mom Ambassador, Pledge to do Two of the activities.
And join our closed community of do-gooders on Facebook to inspire and support each other in completing projects noted below. Together we can improve MMH awareness and outcomes.
Once you do two you'll earn your Ambassador badge to proudly display on social media profiles and/or website.
Yearly Ambassador Badges are distributed twice a year, in April & October. Those who have completed qualifying activities by March 31 will receive their badge by the first week in April, and those who've completed their qualifying activities by September 30 will receive their badges the first week in October.
Congratulations to the Fall class of 2018 Ambassadors who have earned their badges!
Sara Beth Janzen
*Earned badges in both 2018 classes.
Spring class of 2018 Ambassadors.
View names of Ambassadors in past classes here.
Engage in Advocacy
Attend the federal MMH advocacy days in DC in May.
Join fellow moms, supporters and providers advocating for change in maternity and mental health care for training, community building and legislative advocacy. LEARN MORE HERE.
City, County or State MMH Month Proclamations
1. Find your local or state elected officials:
For a village/city proclamation, determine who is your Selectman, Alderman, County Commissioner or City Councilor. This can be done by visiting your city or town’s website or contacting the city or town clerk's office and telling them where you live and asking who represents you. Ask the clerk for the best way to contact your elected official. Some elected official's websites will have a link specifically to request proclamations.
For a state proclamation, visit your state’s website or contact the governor's office and ask who should be contacted to request a state proclamation.
2. Download the template and edit all the RED text areas in both the cover letter AND the 2nd page with proclamation wording with the information appropriate for your local official & area.
You can find the number of births in past years from your state, city or county vital records. Check your local/state department of public health and look for birth statistics, and use the latest stats you can find.
Make sure that you change all the text back to black after you have edited it.
3. Send the proclamation request to your elected official(s) via email or US Postal Mail.
4. If there is an opportunity for you to go to your local public official's meeting to obtain the proclamation and you are comfortable doing so, please do and make sure someone can get a photo of you with your local community leader who confirmed the proclamation, you may be offered a chance to speak briefly at that meeting. Please let us know if this is the case and we are happy guide you through this.
Thank your elected official(s) & community for their part in advocating for Maternal Mental Health!
5. Take a picture of the official proclamation and email it to Stacey@2020mom.org along with the name of your elected official(s) who helped get it named so we can acknowledge.
Have a Legislative Meeting
Meet with your state or federal elected official to tell your story and share whether your community is doing enough to address maternal mental health.
Don't worry, we connect you with other Ambassadors and provide support.
Host a Gathering
Host a Screening of a maternal mental health documentary.
Invite at least 3 friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors over to watch a documentary and have a conversation about maternal mental health.
Return to Zero: A true story of love, loss, and hope
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Consider having a community screening of the Return to Zero film. It's a great way to build a community of both bereaved parents and health providers.
If you are interested and need images for a poster or any ideas/support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary about Postpartum Depression (Available on NetFlix & iTunes)
The Dark Side of the Full Moon
Lead a discussion with a maternal mental health expert and share 2020 Mom's pathway to change.
- Though there are several documentaries on maternal mental health disorders, the only documentary currently available to the U.S. public via purchase or "Tugg" screening is The Dark Side of the Full Moon. Learn more about showing the film here: http://www.darksideofthefullmoon.com/rentitnow/
Some suggested starter questions:
What did you feel?
What did you learn?
What surprised you the most?
What resonated with you most?
Could this have been someone you know and do you think you would you have been able to tell if they were suffering? Why or why not?
Host a Webcast
Host a webcast of 2020 Mom's annual forum in February with at least one local agency/non-profit.
Donate on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018
Give $150 or more to and receive credit for 1 Ambassador activity.
LEARN MORE AND DONATE HERE.
Our Mason Jars for Moms event has two ways to participate.
The first is to help 2020 Mom fill their Virtual Mason Jar by making a donation.
The second way is to use a Mason Jar of your own to collect “spare” change. You can get your family and community involved by asking others to help fill the jar.
Host a Fundraiser of Your Choice
Earn $300 or more for 2020 Mom. You can raise money anyway you see fit. The simplest way is to join a ColorWalk walking team in your community (even if you can't walk), or the main annual walk in Los Angeles, and send out e-mails to your family and friends telling them why you believe in 2020 Mom and would love their support of this important organization.
Here are some more ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Consider a documentary viewing at your home, with cocktails for our cause.
Partner with a local restaurant to host brews and a local reproductive psychiatrist and legislator to speak about women's health.
Form a Motherhood ColorWalk Team
Form a ColorWalk team to raise awareness and a minimum of $300 for MMH and 2020 Mom's efforts. Walks take place around the nation in 2018. Team Leads receive credit for 2 Ambassador activities, and earn their badge after completing the walk. LEARN MORE HERE.
Out in the Community
Grab some girlfriends and spend 2-3 hours hanging posters like this one and/or distributing awareness materials in your community. Check out the available materials HERE.
Speak about MMH in your community or even at state or national levels on the range of disorders, prevalence, barriers to care and the 2020 Mom pathway forward. To be eligible you must have received at least 6 hours of certificate based training in maternal mental health, use a powerpoint deck provided by or approved by 2020 Mom and have presented to a 2020 Mom team and adopted feedback provided into your presentation. Email Brooke@2020mom.org to learn more. This activity counts as two 2020 Mom Ambassador Projects.
Local Initiatives & Partnerships
Engage your Hospital to Inspire Change
Engage your hospital staff to inspire change. Start by asking for a short meeting with the Labor and Delivery manager to inform her of free training and resources available to her and her staff.
See attached hospital engagement overview for more information.
Host a Stakeholder Meeting
Join with at least one local agency to hold a multiple stakeholder meeting, presenting an overview of MMH (if you are a Speaking Ambassador) or have a clinician trained in MMH present the overview. Work with your community to create 2-3 evidenced based action steps by using tools created by 2020 Mom, including a template invitation, powerpoint and more. Email Stacey@2020mom.org to learn more. This activity counts as two 2020 Mom Ambassador Projects.
MMH Passion Project
Do it your way! Make it personal.
Have a way to make a difference in MMH in your community?
Contact Stacey@2020mom.org to talk about your idea and how it may work with our Ambassador program.