VIRTUAL Brown School Panel Discussion: Tyriesa Howell (moderator; WashU Brown School) – “We’re Not Broken: Why Equity in Maternal Mental Health Matters”

May 6, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom conference (Virtual)

“We’re Not Broken: Why Equity in Maternal Mental Health Matters”

Hosted by the WashU Brown School of Social Work and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute


Pregnancy and postpartum mental health needs may be attributed to physical and psychological transitions associated with pregnancy and childbirth, traumatic childbirth experiences, no or inconsistent social support, and racism — which is particularly significant for Black women who are 3-4 times more likely to die in childbirth and Black babies who at the highest risk for infant mortality. If left untreated, the impact of mental health conditions on the health and well-being of women and families can be detrimental.

This panel offers a platform to discuss the complexities of maternal mental health through a health equity framework and describes the imperative of sustained interventions for improved maternal mental health outcomes.

Moderated by:
Tyriesa Howard Howell – Assistant Professor, Brown School


  • Shannon Lenze – Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Carie Mellenthin – Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Generate Health STL
  • Valon Alford – Founder, Vitality Wellness Solutions PLLC
  • Sydney Love Wilson, Birth Doula – Founder, Fromsydwithlove
  • Sha Neice Hinton – Manager, Community Health Services, Affinia Healthcare

Register online to receive Zoom information on the morning of the event. You can also join us during the live stream.

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