Serwaa Omowale, PhD, MPH, MSW
|University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, PA ||PhD||08/2021||Social Work |
|University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA||MPH||08/2021||Public Health|
|University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, PA ||MSW||04/2008||Social Work |
|Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA ||BA||05/2005||African American Studies|
Dr. Serwaa S. Omowale attained a PhD in Social Work and an MPH from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral and public health training was supported by a NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute diversity research supplement. She has thirteen years of experience as a social work professional with clinical social work expertise in maternal and child health, mental health, and substance use. She has been an advocate and served in leadership roles in maternal and child health for several organizations, such as Doctors for Change and the Impacting Maternal and Prenatal Care Together Collaborative in Houston, Texas. She also served in a leadership role for the Infant Mortality Collaborative and as research and programming support for Pittsburgh Healthy Start place-based Healthy Babies Zone initiative in the Wilkinsburg community in Allegheny County. Dr. Omowale’s research is focused on racial disparities and achieving health equity in maternal mortality and morbidity, infant mortality, and preterm birth outcomes. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine social determinants of health influence on adverse pregnancy outcomes among Black women. Her current research focuses on work as a social determinant of health and its impact on racial disparities in maternal health and birth outcomes; and interventions that reduce racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Omowale is currently a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow for the transdisciplinary California Preterm Birth Initiative in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.