Meetings and Upcoming Events

IHI/NNPQC Thematic Webinar on Telehealth for Pregnancy/Postpartum

IHI Improvement Sprint on Hypertension

Date: January - February 2021 (6-part webinar series)

Fee: There is no fee for this series. 

Register: You must have an IHI account to register; sign in or create an account here.

"The Better Maternal Outcomes Improvement Sprints are designed for hospitals and health care systems that are committed to improving maternal mortality and morbidity by adopting care bundles and improving efforts to deliver reliable, safe, equitable, and respectful care in their maternity services. Participating organizations will learn how to spread best practices through a variety of shared learning formats and practical, how-to guidance.

Participants will enroll in a six-week sprints focused on a specific clinical topic. All sprints will include:

  • Six live webinars, and access to webinar recordings

  • Virtual peer-to-peer networking opportunities around a variety of topics and interests

  • How-to-guides and quality improvement tools customized to support bundle implementation and build local improvement skills

  • Options to add on additional coaching with IHI faculty and clinical experts"

SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Bias LIVE Virtual Conference

Date: February 16th & 23rd, 2021

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm CT/9:30am-1:30pm ET (both days)

Cost: $170-$240, please see registration page for more information

"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."​

Register here! Space is limited!

SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias Education

Date: March 23rd & 25th, 2021

Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm ET (both days)

Cost: This education is free to Perinatal Professionals working in Massachusetts.

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.

Follow this link to register by February 28th so that PQI can mail your workbook in time!

Click here 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. 

Continuing Education Credits: This nursing continuing professional development activity is approved by the Northeast Commission on Accreditation for 5.75 CNE contact hours (CME credits approval pending).

ASAM/ACOG Fall 2020 - 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:​​

  • January 22: Bureau of Family Health/Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative

  • January 25: Follow-Up Q&A Live Webinar Session

  • February 6: Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Behavioral Health/New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative

  • February 13: Florida PQC

  • March 15: Follow-Up Q&A Live Webinar Session

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!


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 

Date: January 27th from 1 - 2pm ET

Fee: There is no fee for this event.

Register here!

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 a flyer with more details and WebEx connection information. 

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