New York State Maternal and Child Health Collaboratives
A series of learning collaborative projects to develop and implement promising perinatal interventions to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State. Current projects include a focus on obstetric hemorrhage, opioid use disorder, and birth equity improvement.
November 2016 to October 2021
- Who: Birthing hospitals and community-based organizations across New York State.
- Funder: The project is funded by The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC), which is an initiative led by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Division of Family Health (DFH).
- Our Role: NICHQ works closely with NYSDOH, clinical experts, and quality improvement experts to support a series of learning collaboratives that apply quality improvement methodology to improve perinatal care delivery.
Current Intervention Projects
The current intervention projects of the NYSPQC are:
New York State Obstetric Hemorrhage Project, which focuses on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by improving the assessment, identification and management of obstetric hemorrhage;
New York State Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy & Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Project, which focuses on identifying and managing the care of people with opioid use disorder during pregnancy, and improving the identification, standardization of therapy and coordination of aftercare of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome; and
New York State Birth Equity Improvement Project, which assists birthing facilities in identifying how individual and systemic racism impacts birth outcomes at their organizations and taking action to improve both the experience of care and perinatal outcomes for Black birthing people in the communities they serve
Related Resources and Insights
Taking on a Leading Cause of Maternal Death: Improving Postpartum Hemorrhage Care
New York State is testing a set of evidence-based strategies that hospitals can implement to improve postpartum hemorrhage care. Here, Peter Cherouny, MD, a clinical advisor for the project, offers insight and initial findings on three areas those strategies seek to improve.
A Mother-Centered Approach to Treating Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
A mother-centered approach to caring for NAS may reduce the need for drug treatment and length of hospital stays. Here, Matthew Grossman, MD, one of the authors of the approach, expands on its benefits for improving infant health outcomes.
Neonatologist Shares Successful Strategies for Improving Infant Health Outcomes
Babies born in the United States have a higher chance of death than babies born in more than 50 other countries in the world. Harnessing lessons-learned from successful improvement initiatives can help hospitals and state health systems address this alarming statistic. Here, pioneer for improvement Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP, shares strategies and lessons-learned from three successful improvement efforts: improving nutrition protocols for preterm infants; spreading safe sleep messages to reduce infant deaths; and testing strategies to lower rates of maternal hemorrhage, and related mortality and morbidity.
Recent Legislation that Supports Better Children’s Health Outcomes
In recent months, there has been a surge of legislative actions for children’s health advocates. New laws have been passed that provide funding for programs and research initiatives essential for improving the health and well-being of children and families across the country. Here, NICHQ provides an update on the legislation and brief analysis on the impact on children’s health.
Make Perinatal Regionalization Work for Your State
Perinatal regionalization can improve health outcomes for mothers and babies, creating a stronger system of care. But communication and process barriers can get in the way. Here, Dr. Christopher Glantz, MD, MPH, provides strategies for developing a regionalization system that empowers affiliate hospitals as true partners in collaboration.