I have always been concerned about low-income mothers and their children who do not have access to healthcare. In my research on postpartum depression, I have been was struck by so little research focusing on the needs of mothers of color. The research seemed to be focused almost entirely on white married women who have access to healthcare and an ongoing relationship with their physicians. So many of the mothers I worked with do not have a physician they see regularly, are poorly insured, and have few family members to rely on. Still, I have been highly impressed with their ability to soldier on despite the limited resources they have.
Given social workers use existing research to provide culturally competent services, my research is going in the direction of rethinking how we provide services to mothers and children of color that are affordable, appropriate, and accessible.