Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality

Status: Active

WHAT: A multiyear national initiative engaging federal, state, and local leaders, public and private agencies, professionals and communities to employ quality improvement, innovation and collaborative learning to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Phase 1 of the project targets five areas: 1) eliminating early elective deliveries; 2) promoting safe sleep practices for infants; 3) encouraging smoking cessation in parents; 4) helping hospitals adhere to standards of perinatal practice; 5) improving access to care to mothers before and between pregnancies.

WHO: Multifaceted groups of stakeholders from many disciplines and agencies and within and across state boundaries. Phase 1 began in 2012 in 13 states, with six other states joining the effort in 2013. Phase 2, expands to the remaining 31 states and eight territories.

WHEN: September 2012 to December 2013 (Phase 1); September 2013 to September 2016 (Phase 2)

FUNDER: The project is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

NICHQ'S ROLE: In Phase 1, provided project teams with technical assistance on how to incorporate quality improvement principles into their work. In Phase 2, NICHQ is leading the expansion of this initiative to the entire nation.


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