The Colorado Perinatal Care Council becomes a Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC).
As the Colorado Perinatal Care Council embarks on it’s 40th anniversary, a transformation is taking place. With renewed energy, we are engaging key partners, to drive action to outcome, as a Perinatal Quality Collaborative. With the leadership and support of former CPCC Chairs, many state agencies and experienced state collaborative experts, the CPCC has restructured itself to be the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC). After 3 years on the CPCC Executive Committee, I am honored to take the helm of our new State collaborative as the CPCQC Chair for 2016 and 2017.
Our first project, the Colorado Safe Deliveries Project, is aimed at decreasing preterm birth in our state by assuring women with prior preterm birth are identified and receive progesterone, starting in their second trimester. We currently have 18 hospitals and their OB providers enrolled in this initiative. This Perinatal Quality initiative, not only will support women in receiving the appropriate prenatal care, it will also be provide education to mother’s of preterm babies in the Special or Intensive Care Nursery, in hopes they receive progesterone in subsequent pregnancies. We hope to reduce Colorado’s rate of preterm birth by enhancing the knowledge of both providers and parents about the benefit of progesterone administration for women with prior preterm birth.
What’s a PQC, you say? Here are a few distinguishing factors.
Focus on population based improvement with one key measure being the health of all residents of the State
Aligns researchers, public health officials, improvement experts and state policy members
Uses state-based data systems
Involves executive and legislative branches of state government to assist in the translation from “curbside to bedside”
Over the last 5 years, population based quality initiatives have gained national support. The Centers for Disease Control is challenging states to enhance perinatal care delivery in all regions of our country. The goal of a PQC is to align perinatal care providers and public health professionals to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes through continuous quality improvement. The CDC currently funds six states for the State-Based PQCs Cooperative Agreement: California, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The Vermont Oxford Network’s “States Together” subcommittee has aligned with the CDC, to provide leadership, education, and direction for states and regions to develop their own PQC. Thirty states, including Colorado, are now in various stages of creating a PQC.