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 measurable 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)external icon 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 |  Jeffrey B. Gould, MD, MPH | Munish Gupta, MD, MMSc |  Patricia Heinrich, RN, MSN | Zsakeba Henderson, MD | Ronald Iverson, MD, MPH | Marilyn Kacica, MD, MPH | Carole Lannon, MD, MPH | Lisa Lane Low, PhD, MS, CNM, FACN, FAAN | Elliott Main, MD | Martin McCaffrey, MD, CAPT USN (Ret) |  Barbara Murphy, RN, MSN | Barbara O’Brien, MS, RN | Nicole Purnell | William Sappenfield, MD | Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC, FAAN |    

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 Healthexternal icon.

Online Community

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Join your PQC colleagues on the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Collaboratoryexternal icon
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 icon[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.