HRSA Perinatal & Patient Safety Pilot Health Disparities Collaborative

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to enhance partnerships that will reduce disparities, ensure safety in pregnancy outcomes and accelerate the rate of improvement with the focus on the African American population. These changes will occur by targeting reductions in low birth weight, pre-term birth and sudden infant death syndrome.

WHO: Five community health centers and their hospital partners.

WHEN: April 2004 to February 2006

FUNDER: The project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and conducted in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This effort was a HRSA-wide initiative involving the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Bureau of Health Professions, as well as involving other federal partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

OUR ROLE: Facilitated an abbreviated Breakthrough Series learning collaborative to apply quality improvement methodology to the practice of healthcare related systems change.


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