Yenupini Joyce Adams – Keough School


Global Health; maternal health; Maternal mortality; postpartum care; Sub-Saharan Africa

At Keough School

Yenupini Joyce Adams is Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Keough School of Global Affairs.



Before coming to Notre Dame, Adams was an assistant professor at the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University. She received her doctorate from the College of Nursing at Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her clinical expertise is in Maternal/Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN). Adams is passionate about using research and community-based interventions to improve maternal health, promote safe motherhood, and reduce maternal mortality and morbidity among vulnerable populations in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of maternal mortality is the heaviest.

Recognitions and Awards

Adams received the 2020 New Investigator Award from the Women’s Health and Transitions in Reproductive Research Interest Group of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She was also a recipient of the AACN/Johnson & Johnson Minority Nursing Faculty Scholars Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013).

Professional roles/positions

Adams has an affiliation with Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health.

Research and publications

Adams’ research aims to address maternal health disparities that drive mortality. In particular, it examines the factors, both patient- and facility-centered, that influence access to and quality of postpartum care in vulnerable populations. Within these broad research goals, she is currently pursuing two lines of research at the intersection of postpartum complications and maternal mortality: 1) maternity care provider knowledge, education and management of potential complications, and 2) women’s knowledge and care-seeking for postpartum. complications. His research is guided by and contributes to the Three-delay model originally developed by Thaddeus and Maine (1994). Adams’ future work will focus on developing interventions to improve postpartum outcomes. While Adams’ research primarily focuses on access and quality of postpartum care, she has also done work on women’s preconception reproductive knowledge and other maternal health issues.

Adams has received research grants from national nursing organizations such as American Nurses Foundation and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses. She is also the recipient of a grant co-funded by the Indiana Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed nursing journals such as Birth: perinatal problems, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing.

Research projects:

Focused-PPC: An Integrated Model of Postpartum Care, Education and Support for Women in Ghana (2021-2023), PI*

Postnatal Warning Signs Education in Rural Indiana Communities (2021-2023), PI

WASH Insecurity and Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) in Tamale, Ghana (2021-2022), CO-PI

Survey of cognitive load and stress levels of patients during postpartum discharge (2020-2022), CO-PI

Postpartum Complications: Women’s Knowledge and Impact of Postnatal Education (2019-2020), PI

Knowledge of midwives on postpartum care and management of complications in Ghana (2018-2019), PI

Use and evaluation of postpartum care services in rural central Malawi (2015-2016), PI

*founded by Indiana Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

News and blog posts

Global maternal mortality: the dignity of life and the tragedy of death (Dignity & Development)

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