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National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

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CDC and the March of Dimes launched the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC) to support state-based perinatal quality collaboratives in making measureable improvements in statewide health care and health outcomes for mothers and babies. In 2017, CDC awarded the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) to serve as the coordinating center for the NNPQC. NICHQ coordinates NNPQC activities, including providing support, mentoring, and resources for perinatal quality collaboratives (PQCs) to:

  • Strengthen PQC leadership
  • Identify and disseminate best practices for establishing and sustaining PQCs, and
  • Identify and develop tools, training, and resources necessary to foster the sharing of best practices to support a sustainable PQC infrastructure.

NNPQC Executive Committee

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NNPQC executive committee members include staff from CDC, March of Dimes, NICHQ, state-based PQCs across the country, and other organizations. Committee members include: Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP | Peter Bernstein, MD | Ann E.B. Borders, MD, MPH, MSc |  Charlene Collier, MD, MPH, MHS |  Edward Donovan, MD | Kelly Ernst, MPH | Marybeth Fry, M.Ed | Jeffrey B. Gould, MD, MPH | Munish Gupta, MD, MMSc | Manda Hall, MD | Patricia Heinrich, RN, MSN | Zsakeba Henderson, MD | Marilyn Kacica, MD, MPH | Carole Lannon, MD, MPH |  Elliott Main, MD | Martin McCaffrey, MD, CAPT USN (Ret) |  Barbara Murphy, RN, MSN | Emily O’Donnell, ScD, MS | Christine Olson MD, MPH | Aviel Peaceman, MPH | Tara Bristol Rouse, MA | Latoshia Rouse | William Sappenfield, MD | Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC, FAAN |  Emma Smizik, MPH | Lelis Vernon |

NNPQC Launch

In November 2016, national experts and representatives from 48 states and over 20 private and federal partner organizations gathered in Fort Worth, Texas for the first-ever meeting of the NNPQC. Over 170 participants networked and shared best practices to improve outcomes for mothers and babies that can be implemented in their states. To learn more about the launch of the NNPQC, see The National Network of State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives: A Growing Movement to Improve Maternal and Infant Health.

Online Community

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Join your PQC colleagues on the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Collaboratory
This interactive site includes:

  • Consultants’ bureau—find experts available to provide assistance to your PQC on data, sustainability, specific initiatives, and more.
  • Resources— find tools including the CDC PQC Resource Guide [PDF – 567KB], new webinars on health equity and recruiting hospital teams, and tips from successful quality improvement projects.
  • Communication— share your announcements about PQC updates or learning opportunities, or post events, questions, or ideas for discussion.
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