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.
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 will be held every two months in 2013–2014, focusing on specific perinatal quality improvement initiatives. Webinars are available to participants in all states. The dates and topics of upcoming Webinars are listed below. To receive updates about future Webinars, sign up for email updates by entering your information on the upper-right side of this page, under “Get e-mail updates."
March 2014: Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy/Preeclampsia
- May 2014: Obstetric Hemorrhage
- July 2014: Venous Thromboembolism in Pregnancy
- September 2014: Quality Improvement Initiatives Addressing Breastfeeding and Human Milk
View-on-demand recorded PQC Webinars from our archives.
January 30, 2014
This Webcast presented a discussion of severe maternal morbidity (SMM), including measurement of SMM at both the population and facility levels, recent trends in SMM, and an overview of national projects designed to address SMM. It concludes with participant questions about utilizing state databases to track SMM.
November 21, 2013
This Webcast presented a discussion of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and quality improvement projects undertaken by perinatal and neonatal quality improvement collaboratives to address NAS, including project challenges and successes. It concludes with participant questions. The videos referenced in the presentation are part of a larger tool available from the Vermont Oxford Network.
August 29, 2013
This Webcast presented a discussion of examples of neonatal quality improvement projects undertaken by perinatal quality collaboratives, including project challenges and successes, statewide dissemination, and sustainability.
June 24, 2013
This Webcast presented a discussion of examples of obstetric quality improvement projects undertaken by perinatal quality collaboratives, including project challenges and successes, statewide dissemination, and the role of system design in achieving significant and sustained improvement. It concludes with participant questions.
April 25, 2013
This Webcast presented a discussion of how to build and sustain a perinatal quality collaborative, including establishing an expert workgroup, communication strategies, and past experience and challenges with funding PQC efforts. It concludes with participant questions about how the collaboratives in the presenters’ states have applied these principles to their projects.
February 27, 2013
This Webcast discusses perinatal performance measures including identifying and choosing measures, data collection sources, and real-time data feedback systems. It concludes with participant questions about how California’s collaboratives have applied these principles to their projects.
December 11, 2012
This Webcast presents an overview of core Quality Improvement Principles as applied to improving the quality of perinatal and maternal care. It includes a discussion of the Model for Improvement, topic selection, and identifying measurable changes that can be tested. It concludes with participant questions about how collaboratives in the presenters' states have applied these principles to their projects.
October 15, 2012
This Webcast presents an overview of Quality Improvement in perinatal and maternal care. It includes information about the purpose, basic structure, and past successes of collaboratives. It concludes with participant questions about how state-based collaborative efforts have led to quality improvements in the presenters' states and how these PQCs function.
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