Accountability and Early Intervention: Addressing Social and Behavioral Health Risks in Maternal Mortality

Maternal Mortality
Mental Health

About This Webinar

The headlines are full of stories and statistics about women dying during or after being pregnant, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization state that 84% of these deaths are preventable. Certain clinical factors like hypertension and hemorrhage contribute to these high death rates. However, mental health conditions make up the largest percentage of pregnancy-related deaths. Expanding our efforts to improve maternal mortality must include examining and understanding the behavioral and social risk factors and specific needs to address racial disparities, particularly for Black women. Mental health-related deaths are preventable through comprehensive intervention highlighting that this issue is a top priority.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, learn about the social and behavioral health factors contributing to maternal mental health and what you and your organization can do to disrupt this disheartening trend.

Watch this on-demand webinar to hear Rola Aamar, PhD, and Lora Sparkman, MHA, RN, BSN, discuss behavioral and social drivers of maternal mortality and actions to consider when adopting or extending practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Uncover the latest behavioral and social risk factor data trends in maternal mortality.
  • Understand screening for and identification of mental health conditions.
  • Review recommendations for how to address mental health screening.
  • Learn about national efforts related to community efforts to close the gap from discharge to home.
  • Consider what actions to take when adopting new practices or extending capabilities.


Rola Aamar, PhD

Partner, Behavioral Health Solutions, Relias

Lora Sparkman, MHA, RN, BSN

VP, Partner, Clinical Solutions, Patient Safety and Quality, Relias

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