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

Status: Active

WHAT: A multiyear national movement 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. IM CoIIN has identified six strategic areas to focus on:

  • Safe Sleep: Improve safe sleep practices
  • Smoking Cessation: Reduce smoking before, during and/or after pregnancy
  • Pre/Interconception Care: Promote optimal women’s health before, after and in between pregnancies, during postpartum visits and adolescent well visits
  • Social Determinants of Health: Incorporate evidence-based policies/programs and place-based strategies to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes
  • Preterm and Early Term Births: Prevent births before 39 weeks
  • Risk-appropriate Perinatal Care: Increase the delivery of higher risk infants and mothers at appropriate level facility

WHO: Multifaceted stakeholders from many disciplines and agencies both within and across state boundaries. In 2012, IM CoIIN began as a regionally based initiative in 13 states from the southern and southwestern U.S., with six other Midwestern states joining the effort in 2013. In 2014, IM CoIIN was expanded to the remaining 31 states and eight territories and refocused on national collaboration versus regional collaboration.

WHEN: September 2012 to December 2013 (first regionally focused phase); September 2013 to September 2017 (current nationally focused phase)

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.

OUR ROLE: In the first phase of the IM CoIIN, we provided project teams with technical assistance on how to incorporate quality improvement principles into their work. In the current, nationally focused phase, we lead teams and provide the data infrastructure, online community and continuing expert technical assistance needed to support their efforts. We work with several national partners, including AMCHP, ASTHO and the March of Dimes.

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