Meetings and Upcoming Events

NNPQC/IHI Thematic Webinar: COVID-19: One Year In

Date: March 31st, 2021 

Time: 4:00-5:30pm ET

Cost: FREE

Register here!

Please join the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC) and IHI’s Better Maternal Outcomes Initiative for the next Thematic Webinar in our public webinar series. We will be hosting a speaker panel about COVID-19: One Year In to discuss where we’ve been and looking ahead.

PQI Champions Free Webinar featuring Dr. Audra Meadows

Date: April 8th 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00pm EST

Cost: FREE

Register here!

This is a FREE PQI Champions Webinar: QI Lessons from Implementing Group Prenatal Care from Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, our PNQIN Co-Chair.


Dr. Meadows is a birth optimizer and cares for people before, during, and after pregnancy to ensure positive pregnancy and birth experiences. Dr. Meadows teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and devotes time to prenatal care practice innovation and advocacy.

4th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference

Date: April 9th, 2021

Time: 12:00-4:00pm EST

Cost: FREE

Register here and follow this link to view the conference webpage!

This event is hosted by the Maternal Advocacy and Research for Community Health (MARCH) Group at Tufts University School of Medicine. MARCH and the Black Maternal Health Conference are advised and founded by PNQIN Advisory Board member, Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha. 

"This conference is centered on doulas and their importance as integral figures within maternal health. It will connect experts on Black Maternal Health and health disparities who are working to end the racial inequities and decrease the unexplainable prevalence of adverse maternal health outcomes in Black populations. This conference will benefit public health/medical professionals and students alike.


Our goal is that this event will shift the scientific and public policy discussion around the issue of Black Maternal Health disparities and give ground for discussion."

Contraception in the Biden-Harris Administration

Date: April 14th, 2021 

Time: 8:00-9:00am ET

Cost: FREE

Register here!


Presented by Jen Rasay, JD, Center for Reproductive Rights. This webinar will provide an overview of the current federal legal and policy landscape concerning reproductive health, rights, and justice. We will focus particularly on the ongoing legal and policy advocacy efforts to ensure nationwide access to quality and affordable contraceptive services, as well as what to expect from the Biden-Harris administration on these issues. 

Part of the PICKK Spring 2021 Webinar Series!

The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes

Date: April 15th, 2021

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm ET

Cost: FREE

Register and find more details here!

Please tune into the Hassenfeld Institute Seminar Series for “The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes: Zip Code Eclipses Genetic Code,” presented by James Collins, MD.


Dr. Collins is medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit and associate director of the pediatric residency program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Collins is a member of the Hassenfeld Institute’s advisory council.

BMMA Black Maternal Health Virtual Conference

Date: April 16-17th, 2021

Cost: $200 for Regular Registration until March 27th; $250 Late Registration until April 12th

Register and find more details here!

"Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), the Black Maternal Health Conference  (BMHC) is the premiere assembly for Black women, clinicians, professionals, advocates, and other stakeholders working to improve maternal health using the birth justice, reproductive justice, and human rights frameworks. This year’s virtual conference will offer a national space for learning, rich discussions, and mobilization to transform Black maternal health, rights, and justice."

"We need a place to be in community together, to vision and dream, and to celebrate each other."


Midwifery: An Evidence-Based Solution for Disrespect, Racism & Other Challenges in Maternity Care

Date: April 29th, 2021 

Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET

Cost: FREE

Check out the flyer here, and RSVP at this link!

Co-hosted by Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University's Center of Excellent in Maternal and Child Health.


Three internationally renowned practitioners and scholars will discuss how the midwifery model of care is a promising remedy for the racism and disrespect that plagues the maternity care for Black and Brown birthing people.

Beyond LARC: Putting People and Equity at the Center of Contraceptive Access Efforts

Date: May 12th, 2021 

Time: 12:00  - 1:00 PM EST

Cost: FREE

Register here!

Presented by Kelsey Holt, ScD, MA, UCSF. In this session, we will describe how social and structural determinants of health impact access to high quality contraceptive information and services and create inequities that should be the focus of contraceptive access efforts. We will present the Person-Centered Contraceptive Care (PCCC) Framework, a tool for considering potential solutions to promote equitable contraceptive access and care.

Part of the PICKK Spring 2021 Webinar Series!

SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias Education

Cost: This education is free to MA Perinatal Professionals!

More information: View this video from the 12/20 kickoff event.

May 18th & 25th, 2021Register HERE by April 20th to receive your workbook in time!

September 22nd & 29th, 2021Register HERE by August 25th to receive your workbook in time!

Click the dates above to view a flyer with detailed agenda for the 2-day training and information on how to complete an Implicit Bias Self-Assessment and Additional Learning Activities prior to the training. 

In partnership with MA AWHONN and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, PNQIN is proud and excited to support this educational training from the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement. "The SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias education is 8 hours of live virtual interactive learning that outlines quality improvement strategies to support individuals and groups with dismantling racism, providing quality equitable care, and reducing health disparities."


Target Audience: Healthcare professionals in Massachusetts who support and care for patients before, during and after pregnancy or professionals that care for newborns.


Training Objectives:

  1. Background Knowledge: Describe factors that contribute to perinatal disparities based on a social justice framework.

  2. Improvement Science: Outline quality improvement strategies and tactics for eliminating implicit and explicit bias when caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy.

  3. Action Plan: Develop a quality improvement action plan for ensuring equity in perinatal outcomes.

Continuing Education Credits are available!

PQI Spring Conferences

National SPEAK UP Champions™ Implicit and Explicit Bias LIVE Virtual Conference

Date: May 20 & 27, 2021

Time: 12:30-4:30pm ET

Cost: Early Bird registration $170-$240, Regular registration $190-$269

Register here!


It is an unacceptable fact that Black and Indigenous people are more likely than people from other races to die or suffer injuries during pregnancy and childbirth. Implicit and Explicit SPEAK UP Training is a day-long interactive workshop that outlines strategies to help individuals and groups dismantle racism, provide quality equitable care, and reduce health disparities.

Implementing Perinatal Quality Improvement Conference

Date: June 8, 2021

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm ET

Cost: Early Bird registration $175-$225, Regular registration $199-$249

Register here!

The Implementing Perinatal Quality Improvement conference is designed to support the learners in drafting context-specific perinatal quality improvement and safety action plans. Join us for a hands on, interactive learning experience! REGISTER EARLY! SPACE is LIMITED!

Promoting Quality and Equity to Make Birth Safer for All: A PQC Story

Date: June 3rd, 2021 

Time: 12:00  - 1:00 PM EST

Cost: FREE

Register here!


Presented by Audra Meadows, MD, MPH. Rising rates of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality in the US are alarming. Stark racial disparities exist and persist. In partnership with clinical providers, public health professionals, and families, the perinatal quality collaborative (PQC) for Massachusetts is working to eliminate preventable maternal morbidity/mortality and the racial difference. PQCs are uniquely positioned to promote data-driven, quality improvement through an equity lens to make birth safer for all.

Part of the PICKK Spring 2021 Webinar Series!

ASAM/ACOG Spring 2021 Buprenorphine Waiver Trainings

The American Society of Addiction Medicine and ACOG have partnered to offer Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder courses for women’s health care professionals. These online webinars focus on treating pregnant and postpartum people and equipping professionals with the education needed to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. 

Click the links to register:​​​​​

  • July 20: Moving Beyond the Barriers of Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Ob-Gyn Focus

PICCK Second Annual Meeting

Date: September 18th, 2021

Time: TBD

Location: In-person at Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA

and/or remote via Zoom.

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!

"PICCK is an innovative clinical and public health program designed to promote contraceptive choice and effective contraceptive counseling across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Enacted in partnership with the state’s birth hospitals, the program provides education, training, and technical assistance to expand and sustain the capacity of hospitals statewide to provide contraceptive services.


PICCK seeks to help achieve equity in contraception access and pregnancy outcomes in Massachusetts through:


  1. A reduction in the approximately 50,000 annual unplanned pregnancies in Massachusetts

  2. Improvement in the outcomes for both mothers and infants by reducing the increased risks associated with unplanned pregnancies

  3. Improved quality of care tailored to the needs of vulnerable Massachusetts residents.


Additionally, PICCK data on outcomes will be shared throughout the Commonwealth and the country to inform continued efforts to improve health equity for all women and infants. PICCK is a five-year program funded by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and housed at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine."

Past Events

Please bear with us as we update this section with links to event recordings and/or slides. 

If no materials or information links are available, feel free to email and we will find what we can for you!


PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care: Informational Webinar #2 (March 2nd, 2021)

This is the second of three webinars that reviewed the LOCATe tool and featured a Q&A panel to help answer questions about survey completion. ​You can also visit the PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care webpage for more information.

Click the following links to view the webinar recording and presentation slides.

PNQIN Levels of Maternal Care: Informational Webinar #1 (February 9th, 2021)

PNQIN is leading an initiative to implement the CDC Levels of Maternal Care in Massachusetts. This involves the use of the CDC Levels of Care Assessment Tool (LOCATe). Your hospitals will receive additional information about this initiative via email in the following days. This is the first of three webinars that explained the Levels of Maternal Care initiative and use of the LOCATe tool. ​


Click the following links to view the webinar recording and presentation slides

IHI/NNPQC Thematic Webinar on Telehealth for Pregnancy/Postpartum (January 27th, 2021)

On this webinar, entitled "Designing Safe and Equitable Virtual Supports for Pregnant and Postpartum Women", IHI will present their emerging telehealth framework and describe how it is being applied in maternal health to design safe and equitable ways to support mothers virtually during pregnancy and postpartum. The webinar will feature presentations from two organizations that have successfully converted their services to a virtual setting: Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association and Centering Healthcare. Presenters will share what has helped them to be successful and how they are addressing barriers and challenges.

Click here to view the webinar recording and here to view webinar slides.


Informational Call for IHI Improvement Sprint on Hypertension (December 10th, 2020)

If you could not attend the informational call, you can read a description of the sprint here.

PICCK Implicit Bias in Healthcare Training - Part 1 Webinar (December 8th, 2020)

PICCK (Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge) is hosting a two-part training series on implicit bias in the healthcare setting in partnership with She+ Geeks Out for CME credit. The second training session will be held virtually on January 26, 2021.


SPEAK UP Overview hosted by MA AWHONN (December 3rd, 2020)

This event served as an overview of MA trends and disparities in maternal health outcomes and the SPEAK UP program. Implicit and Explicit SPEAK UP Training is a day-long interactive workshop that outlines strategies to help individuals and groups dismantle racism, provide quality equitable care, and reduce perinatal health disparities (learn more here). 

PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project, Fall 2020 Summit (November 17 & 18, 2020)

We are excited to bring our collaborative together for the fall summit of PNQIN’s Perinatal Opioid Project.  This summit will be virtual!  While we will miss the spirit and energy of our in-person events, we hope this format will allow an even larger community to gather to learn, share, and inspire. Click here to view the summit resources page with slides, speaker resources, chat box Q&A (continuously updated), and recordings! 


Email PNQIN Admin for the page password.

Patient Engagement "Tools to Move Past the Story" (November 9, 2020)

This thematic webinar from NNPQC/IHI was presented by LaToshia Rouse and Beth Dworetzky, MS. 

The objectives of this webinar were to provide:

  • Introduction to the Family Voices Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tools

  • Examples of the 3 uses of the Tools to plan, assess, & improve family engagement in systems-level initiatives

  • Ideas for PQC next steps


SMFM Virtual Course: Meeting New Standards for Perinatal Safety (October 23, 2020)

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is offering a new virtual course entitled "New Joint Commission Standards for Maternal Safety: Practical Strategies for Implementation." This course aims to provide practical tips and implementation tools to help facilities meet The Joint Commission's (TJC) new standards for perinatal safety. This course is co-hosted by the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM). Visit the SMFM website to learn more.

Fall 2020 Learning Institutes the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center (September 29th and 30th, 2020)

Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health (September 29th, 2020)

This virtual workshop, hosted by The National Institute of Nursing Research will "...explore how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities." For more information and to view the agenda, click here.

National Maternal Health Innovation Symposium (September 23rd and 24th, 2020)

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring to Improve Maternal Health (September 23rd, 2020)

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality, and the risk of complications continues after delivery. Comprehensive programs for management of hypertension in pregnancy and postpartum, including home blood pressure monitoring, have demonstrated impressive outcomes in improving maternal health.


This webinar will include presentations on two model programs: Heart Safe Motherhood, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital; and STAMPP- HTN (Systematic Treatment And Management of PostPartum Hypertension) at the University of Chicago Hospital. Learn more here.

IHI Sprint: Reducing Harm from Hemorrhage (September 22nd, 2020)

​​The Better Maternal Outcomes Improvement Sprints are designed for hospitals and health care systems that are committed to impr​oving maternal outcomes and delivering safe, equitable, and respectful care in their maternity services. Participating organizations will learn how to spread best practices and protocols through a variety of shared learning formats and practical, how-to guidance. Learn more here.

Perinatal Care (PC) Core Measures: Updates for Fall 2020 (September 2nd, 2020)

This event aims to to enable healthcare providers to have a better understanding of new updates on the Perinatal Care Core Measures. Learn more here.


PNQIN MPQC State of the Union meeting (June 23rd, 2020)

COVID-19 Response Updates

Due to the recent university and health system policies regarding COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the summit previously scheduled for April 8, 2020, 8:30 am-12:30 pm. The health of our attendees, speakers, staff, and the general public is our priority.

PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project (POP) Spring 2020 Summit 

In accordance with state and federal recommendations, to help protect the health of our community and our patients, the PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project summit scheduled for May 13, 2020 is CANCELLED. Click HERE for more information.

PNQIN MPQC and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety for  COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Massachusetts: A Virtual Town Hall  

Tuesdays at 12pm ET, April-June 2020. Click HERE to view the Town Hall Archives.

Click HERE for more information and for COVID-19 Resources​​​​​​​

MPQC Spring 2020 Summit 

A cooperative voluntary program involving Massachusetts maternity facilities and key perinatal stakeholders, designed to promote the sharing of best practices of care.