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

Status: Active

WHATA 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. The IM CoIIN has identified six strategy areas that it will focus on:

  • Improve safe sleep practices
  • 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
  • Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births
  • Risk-appropriate Perinatal Care: Increase the delivery of higher risk infants and mothers at appropriate level facility

Learning networks are developing around each strategy, and every state, jurisdiction and territory has selected up to three learning networks in which to participate.

WHO: Multifaceted groups of stakeholders from many disciplines and agencies and within and across state boundaries. In 2012, the 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, the 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 2016 (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.

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

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  • Putting the Cross-Sector Gears in Motion: How 3 Best Babies Zones Are Moving Towards Cross-Sector Action to Reduce Disparities in Infant Mortality Read
  • Boxing Out Unsafe Sleep Practices for Babies Read
  • Rhode Island Targets Social Factors to Achieve Health Equity Read
  • Medicaid Strategies to Promote Full-Term Births Read
  • ABCs of Safe Sleep Education Reduces Sleep-Related Infant Deaths in Tennessee Read
  • Delaware Hones in on Medical-Legal Partnerships to Reduce Infant Mortality Read
  • Just Download It: Wyoming Discovers Novel Way to Help Pregnant Mothers Read
  • Focusing on Population-Level, Collaborative, Perinatal Outcomes Improvement Read
  • Better Care for High-Risk Babies: Improving Perinatal Regionalization in Illinois Read
  • 4 Strategies for Building a Public Health Social Movement Read
  • SC Finds Winning Strategy to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies in its Medicaid Population Read
  • New CDC Data Shows More Work Needed to Curb Smoking During Pregnancy Read
  • How Kansas is Leveraging the Infant Mortality CoIIN to Accelerate Improvement Read
  • Join the Interactive Webinar on Improving the Health of New Mothers Read
  • Medicaid Data Increasingly Used to Improve State’s Maternal and Child Health Programs Read
  • Perinatal Quality Collaboratives are Partners in Safe Sleep Message Spread Read
  • States Use Home Visiting Programs to Spread Safe Sleep Messages Read
  • Battling Prematurity to Ensure a Fighting Chance for Every Baby Read
  • Bringing the APHA Poster Session to You Read
  • Managing Life Stressors Helps to Reduce Infant Mortality Read
  • Diaper Vouchers Add Extra Incentive for Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking Read
  • A Practical Approach to Keep Stakeholders Engaged: Factsheets Are Helping Wisconsin Build and Maintain Support for their Infant Health Work Read
  • Inspiring Change through Motivational Interviewing Read
  • Addressing Infant Health Disparities in the American Indian Population Starts by Building Trust with Tribes Read
  • Resources and Must Reads for Infant Mortality Awareness Month Read
  • Video: Lauren Smith speaks at African American Infant Mortality in Colorado Summit View
  • States Put the Squash on Smoking During Pregnancy Read
  • Alaska Shows Perinatal Regionalization Works to Reduce Infant Deaths Read
  • Viewpoint: A Novel Method for Tackling Complex Population Health Problems Read
  • Strengthening and Leveraging Preconception and Interconception Health Read
  • Investigating a Possible Link Between Substance Abuse and Infant Mortality Read
  • High-Profile Coverage for a High-Passion Concern Read
  • Inspiring Video: How States Are Reducing Infant Mortality Rates Read
  • Putting Unsafe Sleep Marketing to Bed Read
  • A First Response to Safe Sleep Habits Read
  • LARC Accessibility, Knowledge Key for Better Interconception Care Read
  • What's Behind NYC's Drastic Decrease in Infant Mortality Rates? Read
  • Eliminating Disparities: from Intent to Action Read
  • Innovation in the Fight Against Infant Mortality Doesn’t Have to be Scary Read
  • How Delaware Became a Model for States in Preventing Infant Deaths Read
  • Group Care for Women and Babies Reduces Pre-Term Births, Increases Care Satisfaction Read
  • Maternal Interviews Key to Addressing Infant Mortality Read
  • Saving Newborns by Changing the Delivery System Read
  • Thoughts from a Pioneer and Leader in the Drive to Reduce Infant Mortality Read
  • Taking the Fight to Reduce Infant Mortality Nationwide: AMCHP Shares Its Perspective on Innovating to Save Babies Lives Read
  • Hundreds Kick Off National Infant Mortality Movement Read