NICHQ to Lead the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Coordinating Center
NICHQ is proud to announce it was selected to be the coordinating center for the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC). In this role, NICHQ will serve as the resource hub for state-based perinatal quality collaboratives (PQCs) working on initiatives to improve maternal and child health outcomes. More specifically, NICHQ will provide change management and quality improvement (QI) technical assistance and facilitate network communication.
“NICHQ has a working history with the majority of state-based PQCs, as well as significant background managing national learning collaboratives focused on quality improvement,” says NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “This experience uniquely positions us to facilitate shared learning among PQCs and deepen their improvement efforts.”
In recent years, declining infant mortality rates in the United States have begun to slow while pregnancy-related mortality rates have risen. Addressing these trends is complex because they are affected by healthcare facilities and providers, state policies, and social determinants of health. A comprehensive solution requires the concerted, organized and collaborative approach inherent in QI initiatives. NICHQ will optimize efforts of state PQCs, effectively reducing maternal and infant mortality, improving health outcomes, and reducing disparities.
“With all national efforts, communication is key,” says NICHQ Director of Programs Meghan Johnson, MSc. “We’re excited to leverage NICHQ’s interactive virtual workspace—the Collaboratory—to facilitate shared learning and collaboration across geographic boundaries. With this enhanced communication tool, we can better disseminate PQC resources nationally and optimize the value of lessons learned.”
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