Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes. PQCs include hospitals, pediatricians and neonatologists, obstetricians and perinatologists, midwives, nurses, and state health department staff.
PQC members identify care processes that need to be improved and use the best available methods to make changes and improve outcomes. State PQCs include key leaders in private, public, and academic health care settings with expertise in evidence-based obstetric and neonatal care and quality improvement.
PQCs address a range of perinatal health issues, including elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation, antenatal steroid use, and hospital-acquired neonatal infections. Many states currently have active collaboratives, and others are in development.
The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Success Story [PDF - 364KB] details the perinatal quality improvement work supported by CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. The story outlines NYSPQC’s steps, strategies, and lessons learned in reducing scheduled cesarean sections (C-sections) and inductions without a medical indication from 36 up to 39 weeks of pregnancy.
PQC Webinar Series
CDC funds statewide PQCs in California, New York, and Ohio and worked with these networks to sponsor a series of Webinars from October 2012 through August 2013. These Webinars were intended to help PQCs share knowledge and experiences, and teach other states how to start, maintain, and grow their own collaboratives.
Due to an overwhelming response, a second series of Webinars is being held in 2013–2014, focusing on specific perinatal quality improvement initiatives. Webinars are available to participants in all states. To receive updates about future Webinars, sign up for e-mail updates by entering your information on the upper-right side of this page, under "Get e-mail updates."
Beginning in May 2014, you may receive free continuing education for watching the CDC - Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Webinars. All continuing education is issued online through the CDC/ATSDR Training & Continuing Education Online system. If you have continuing education questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Learner Support at 1-800-418-7246.
Those who attend the CDC - Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Webinars via Live Meeting or “web on demand” and who wish to receive continuing education must complete the online seminar evaluation and posttest. Thirty days from the initial seminar, the course number will change to WD2399 and will be available for continuing education until May 22, 2016.
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