Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC

Associate Scholar

  •  Adjunct Associate Professor | Tufts University School of Medicine
  •  Bangladesh | Malawi | New Zealand | Tanzania, United Republic of
  •   Capacity-building | Maternal Child Health | Neonatal and Maternal Mortality

Languages: English (native), Swahili (intermediate)

Bio statement

Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC is a double-board certified Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife with a special focus on inequities and the social and behavioral determinants of public health. She currently provides full scope midwifery and women's health care services at Dekalb OB GYN Affiliates in Atlanta, Georgia. 

She has spent most of the last decade focusing on programming and implementation of public health and clinical programs in vulnerable settings domestically and internationally. She has extensive on the ground international capacity building experience in countries throughout South East Asia, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has developed, implemented and led programs within humanitarian crisis and response settings, as well as stable host community contexts. Hannah has focused on interdisciplinary program development and gender equity, working with organizations such as WHO, UNFPA, IOM, ISCG, UNHCR, DOD, DTRA, other NGO and government organizations, and Ministries of Health. Her work has focused on bringing care access and quality programming to vulnerable and low-resource contexts with the greatest need, with a special focus on policy and the impacts of resource allocation on outcomes. 

She has extensive experience teaching and training and has held multiple academic appointments in and outside of the United States. Her current appointments include
Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Global Health. Hannah is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives National Government Affairs Committee and World Health Organization & Women in Global Health Gender Equity Hub. She also currently serves as a member of the March of Dimes National Volunteer Leadership Council and as a Subject Matter Expert on the March of Dimes National Advisory Committee for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Recent global health projects

Hannah continues to remain engaged in mentorship with her previous students in Tanzania, is an advisor for the student-led training teams and remains in close collaboration with the Dean and Faculty from the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Public Health at the University of Dodoma. Many of her students have gone on to practice and are also instructors in academic and clinical settings. Most recently, she was partnered with midwives in New Zealand and learning about academic and institutional protocols and policies, as well as conducting births with Kiwi midwives serving low-income populations, in the hospital, community birthing units and at home in South Auckland.

Click here to learn more about Hannah's current work from the Penn School of Nursing's Global Bites Seminar Series, recorded on 10/28/20.


Selected publications

Bergbower, H (2017). Bridging Cross Cultural Community by taking ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ to the Community through Students. Poster session presented at: CHOP Global Health Conference. Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania; 2017 Oct 6-7; Philadelphia, PA.