Maternal Mental Health as a Driver of Maternal Mortality

Course Objective

  • Describe factors that contribute to maternal mortality, morbidity, and maternal mental health  
  • Define maternal mortality and related terms and describe how it’s measured  
  • Differentiate the problem of maternal mental health in the context of rural and urban counties using available data  
  • Identify roles that a local health department can take to address maternal mortality, morbidity and maternal mental health based on the 10 Essential Public Health Services

Date: June 30, 2024

Helen De Pinho, MBBCh, FCCH, MBA
Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Associate Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at Columbia University 

Local health departments play an important role in reducing maternal deaths. This course seeks to expand this focus, and examine the impact of maternal mental health as a driver of maternal mortality. It will outline the problem of maternal mental health in urban and rural contexts, and then discuss how local health departments and their community partners can respond to the problem



Region 2 Public Health Training Center