Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative
The Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC) is an initiative of the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. LaPQC is a voluntary network of perinatal care providers, public health professionals and patient and community advocates who work to advance equity and improve outcomes for women, families, and newborns in Louisiana.
The Collaborative’s current focus is on improving maternal outcomes through the Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to achieve a 20% reduction in severe maternal morbidity among women who experience hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia in LaPQC participating facilities in 12 months.
- Kelly Bankston, RN, BSN
Perinatal Quality Program Manager, Bureau of Family Health
- Pooja Mehta, MD, MSHP, FACOG
Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative Medical Director
Director of Maternal & Women’s Health Policy LSUHSC Consortium for Health Transformation
- Amy Zapata, MPH
Bureau of Family Health Director
- Lyn Kieltyka, PhD
State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Bureau of Family Health
- Marci Brewer, MPH
Breastfeeding Program Manager, Bureau of Family Health
Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative: Hospital Participation
Congratulations to the 33 Louisiana birthing facilities that have signed up for the LaPQC’s Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative!
About the Initiative
The LaPQC’s Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative is informed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s evidence-based Breakthrough Series collaborative improvement model.
LaPQC Participation Expectations:
- Identify a team that consists of a senior sponsor, a day-to-day lead, and a data lead. Teams will need to include a nurse and a physician member, as well as a patient or family advisor (or ensure there is a plan for community advisory). One person can fulfill more than one of these roles on the team.
- Create an internal facility charter that specifies the team’s aim, measures, change ideas, and team composition.
- Complete pre-work activities to prepare for in-person Learning Sessions and monthly calls.
- Designate one physician and one nurse member of the quality team to attend monthly coaching calls.
- Send team representatives to all in-person Learning Sessions (anticipated as 1 statewide meeting and 2 regional meetings).
- Test change ideas using the Model for Improvement and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) rapid cycles during Action Periods (time between Learning Sessions).
- Collect and report data for process and outcome measures using the Collaborative data portal (Extranet).
- Share change ideas, best practices and lessons learned with other teams during and between Learning Sessions.
- Report on team experiences and results during Learning Sessions and monthly calls.
- Prepare to sustain the changes beyond the initiative.
The pledge submission deadline for the current LaPQC Collaborative Initiative, Reducing Severe Maternal Morbidity, was July 20, 2018. If you have any questions about the current initiative or are interested in future initiatives, please contact us at email@example.com.