Join a Statewide Effort to Promote Maternal Health: the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative

The November 2018 PA PQC advisory meeting in Harrisburg attracted 60, in-person and virtually.

Working with partners across the state, the Foundation has guided the creation of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC). It will be administered by JHF and WHAMglobal (Women's Health Activist Movement Global). Ahead of the official launch in April, the PA PQC is recruiting multi-disciplinary teams from health systems, birth hospitals, birth centers, and community providers throughout the Commonwealth. 

"Over 140 people from all the regions of the Commonwealth are working together to standup the PA PQC through an Advisory Group and nine work groups," notes Robert Ferguson, JHF's director of government grants and policy. The PA PQC will focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids.

 A PQC is a network that seeks to improve the quality and safety of care for mothers and babies across prenatal, labor/birth, newborn, and postpartum services. PQCs are growing in strength across the nation, with active collaboratives in over 35 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates for PQC expansion, showing that they "contribute to important improvements in health care and outcomes for mothers and babies, including reductions in severe pregnancy complications."

The new website contains more details about the collaborative's work. The "Get Involved" section provides instructions for providers and health plans, as well as registration for an introductory webinar on March 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Learning Collaborative session on April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel.

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