Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, APA's associate executive director for public interest and director of its Women's Programs Office, voiced APA's support for the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression (PPD) Research and Care Act at a May Capitol Hill press conference called by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) to promote the legislation.
The act includes provisions that direct the National Institute of Mental Health to expand research on PPD and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants for PPD diagnosis and treatment services. APA's Public Policy Office consulted with Congress in the drafting of the legislation.
Other speakers at the press conference included New Jersey first lady Mary Jo Codey--a PPD survivor and the wife of acting New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey--Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), a co-sponsor of the act, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Teresa Twomey of Postpartum Support International.