Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN)
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. Infant Mortality CoIIN has identified six strategic areas to focus on:
- SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep: Improve safe sleep practices
- Smoking Cessation: Reduce smoking before, during and/or after pregnancy
- Preconception/Interconception Health: Promote healthy birth spacing and reduce unintended pregnancy
- Social Determinants of Health: Incorporate evidence-based policies/programs and place-based strategies to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes
- Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births: Increase appropriate use of 17 OH progesterone, a hormone given to prevent pre-term labor, and/or reduce early elective deliveries (i.e., before 40 weeks gestation)
- Risk-appropriate Perinatal Care (perinatal regionalization): Increase the delivery of higher-risk infants and mothers at appropriate level facilities
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July 2012 to July 2014 (regionally focused pilot phase); September 2013 to September 2017 (expansion/nationally focused phase)
- Who: Multifaceted stakeholders from many disciplines and agencies both within and across state boundaries. In 2012, IM CoIIN began as a regionally based pilot 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 nine jurisdictions and refocused on national collaboration versus regional collaboration.
- Funder: The project was funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- 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 nationally focused phase, we led state teams and provided the data infrastructure, online community and continuing expert technical assistance needed to support their efforts. We worked with several national partners, including AMCHP, ASTHO and the March of Dimes.
Results Webinar: Big Wins and Next Steps in Addressing Infant Mortality
In a recent webinar, NICHQ shared the results and impact of the work to date, strategies that led to success, key resources and next steps to keep the momentum going.
View this webinar, as well as our full expert series here
The following issue briefs are a result of a shared commitment with our partners to spread learnings from the Infant Mortality CoIIN.
- Strategies to Increase Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in Medicaid
- Opportunities for States to Improve Women’s Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care
- Preventing Preterm Birth Through Progesterone: How Medicaid Can Help Increase Access
- Using Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Efforts to Advance State Health Agency Accreditation
- Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems
How Safe Sleep Savvy Are You?
Physicians, nurses, home visitors and other public health professionals can use this video quiz as an interactive, visual tool to prompt discussions around best-practices for infant sleep.
Tactics to Support Safe Sleep Conversations
Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA and a team of experts compiled a list of tactics and examples to support infant safe sleep conversations.
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems CoIIN Learning Session Resources
Resources from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems CoIIN summer conference. Click in for on-site videos of two powerful panel presentations and a compilation of popular tools and resources.
Lessons in Demonstrating Return on Investment of Statewide Perinatal Health Improvement Initiatives
This issue brief highlights Oklahoma and Tennessee's experiences assessing the economic impact of statewide perinatal health improvement initiatives. Their findings can help other states prove the return on investment of public health initiatives and make the case for future efforts.
Aligning Title V, Healthy Start, and Families to Increase New Mother Wellness in New Jersey
This issue brief provides insight into the critical role family and patient engagement plays in improving maternal and infant health outcomes. By looking at how New Jersey engaged mothers in its efforts to improve postpartum visit rates, and thus increase new mother wellness, this issue brief provides a road map for using patient and family engagement to optimize interventions.
Quality Improvement 102
This interactive course provides further insight into the quality improvement best practices needed to create effective change. The course reviews the concepts covered in Quality Improvement 101, and then gives direction on how to test improvement ideas and increase their impact and effectiveness. Lessons and exercises provide examples of best practices and offer direction on moving from one PDSA cycle to another.
Recognizing Implicit Bias Can Reduce Inequities in Children’s Health
Here, Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH—a nationally and internationally recognized expert in healthcare disparities, cross-cultural health and cross-cultural communication—shares recommendations to help health professionals and improvement teams better identify bias and prevent it from affecting their behaviors and decisions.
Lead Poisoning Continues to Put Too Many Children at Risk
In more than 4 million homes across America, children are living and playing while being exposed to the damaging effects of lead. This Alabama family's experience illustrates why improving provider education is an important driver for states seeking to improve systems of care; it leads to earlier testing, early and effective interventions, and the coordinated care families need so that more children have the opportunity to grow up in healthy, safe environments.
A Grandfather’s Passion to Transform Early Childhood Systems
David Armstrong's grandson was born into a neighborhood where drug use was common, and poverty and gang violence were pervasive. He was born into a home where his parents struggled with substance abuse and where their fighting sometimes ended in domestic violence. He is one of too many children born into circumstances that illustrate why families need better supports and better systems. Here, Armstrong shares their story.
An African-American Fraternity Alliance is Changing Infant Health Outcomes
In Arkansas, nearly 300 babies die before their first birthday each year. That’s almost a baby every day. Determined to change these numbers and reach communities most affected, the Arkansas Department of Health turned to a nontraditional partner for maternal and infant health: Brothers United, an alliance of African American fraternities.
The Opioid Epidemic and Maternal Health: Three Opportunities for Change
Opioid use disorder in pregnancy has increased dramatically across the country in the last decade, bringing with it increased health risks for mothers and babies. Health professionals can help change these statistics by making the most of every interaction they have with new mothers, from prenatal care to building postpartum supports. Click in for advice from experts in the field.
Driving Improvement with Motivational Interviewing
Change is most effective, and most sustainable, when individuals choose to make the change because they’ve realized it supports their goals. While eliciting that realization isn’t always easy, drawing on motivational interviewing (MI) can help. Click in for three strategies to get your team started on using this technique.