Addressing the Drivers of Maternal Mortality



Public Briefing

Rates of maternal mortality are on the rise in the United States, with black women dying from pregnancy-related causes at three to four times the rate of white women. Experts agree that policies to reduce maternal mortality across the United States and eliminate these racial disparities must be multifaceted. This briefing identified policies to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and address the forces resulting in the disproportionate maternal health outcomes. Panelists discussed policy options that support interventions among providers and public health entities to address the clinical and social drivers of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. 

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902


  • Shanna Cox, MSPH
    Associate Director of Science, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Eugene Declercq, Ph.D.
    Professor and Assistant Dean, Community Health Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Elizabeth Howell, M.D., MPP
    Director, Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health
  • Jennie Joseph, L.M., CPM
    Executive Director, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.
  • Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., MPH, MBA (moderator)
    Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund



The Alliance is grateful to The Commonwealth Fund for its support of this briefing.