AGP Foundation Awards Maternal Health Grant

Amerigroup Foundation Helps Raise Maternal Mental Health Awareness

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013) – The Amerigroup Foundation awarded the National Mental Health Association of Georgia, Inc., DBA Mental Health America (MHA) of Georgia, a $10,000 grant to support Project Healthy Moms, advocating for maternal mental health and the well-being of women, children and families.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), the primary complication of childbirth in the United States, affects an estimated 30,000 Georgia women annually. Despite the prevalence, these illnesses are largely ignored.

"We are truly honored to support MHA of Georgia’s initiative educating Georgians and raising awareness on maternal mental health,” said Dr. Joel Axler, behavioral health medical director, Amerigroup Georgia. "We recognize the importance of effective and integrated behavioral and physical health services, and we are grateful the Foundation’s generous grant will allow some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens to receive the care they need."

Project Healthy Moms will utilize the grant for health promotion activities, education for health care providers and the general public, peer support and resource linkage for pregnant and postpartum women, and consumer advocacy efforts.

"Each and every day, we work toward achieving increased awareness, identification, treatment and support of PMADs while reducing the stigma associated with them," said Sarah Schwartz, executive director, MHA of Georgia. "Without support from forward-thinking organizations like Amerigroup, our task would be much more daunting, and we greatly appreciate the generosity and support helping to educate the Georgia communities."

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.

About Amerigroup Georgia

Amerigroup Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 292,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Georgia members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.

About Mental Health America of Georgia

Mental Health America (MHA) of Georgia is our state's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all Georgians live mentally healthier lives. MHA of Georgia's mission is to enhance the mental health of Georgians through education, outreach and advocacy.