Meetings and Upcoming Events

Communication Skills Training for COVID-19 Vaccination

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Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Click the dates below to register for your preferred date; click the images on the left to view/download a detailed flyer!


Overview:  This 90 minute webinar is designed to improve the counseling skills of Massachusetts clinicians for discussing COVID-19 vaccination with pregnant and postpartum people, parents and caregivers of young children, and families. The training will also focus on addressing vaccine hesitancy and reducing racial disparities in rates of COVID-19 vaccination.

Free CME (AAFP) and CEU (BAHEC) are available!


The webinar is a partnership between the Perinatal- Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of Massachusetts (PNQIN), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Chan Medical School and is part of PNQIN's Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative.

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.

Jan/Feb training: Register HERE by January 6th to receive your workbook in time!

April/May training: Register HERE by April 7th to receive your workbook in time!


Click the dates above to view flyers with detailed agendas for the 2-day trainings and information on how to complete an Implicit Bias Self-Assessment and pre-training Additional Learning Activities. 

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!

SPEAK UP National 28-Day Antiracism Challenge


Location: Anywhere!

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!



The Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement's (PQI) Anti-Racism 28-Day (4week) SPEAK UP Challenge was designed to help us all more effectively SPEAK UP Against Racism. We have created a list of daily activities that are designed to enhance your insights and provide you tools to support your anti-racism efforts.


The national 28-day challenge starts on February 1st, 2022. 

Register to receive daily email reminders. Spread the word!

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PICCK Spring 2022 Webinar Series

Location: Virtual                                                        Cost: There is no cost for these events                                                       

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Webinar #1: The Intersection Between Family Planning and Mental Health

Date: January 26th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Meg Lawley, MD, MPH. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mental health concerns, leading to a need for increased screening and engagement surrounding mental health issues in the primary care and OB/GYN clinics. This webinar will focus on reviewing the evidence regarding the influence of contraception on mental illness and how to have those conversations in the clinical setting. We will also address and dispel common myths regarding contraceptive methods and abortion and its relationship with mental health. Additionally, we will review how to screen for the more common psychiatric disorders and how to approach treatment in the OB/GYN clinical setting.

Webinar #2: Contraception During Cancer Care

Date: February 17th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Sarah Lindsay, MD, MS. Adolescents and young adults with cancer have unique reproductive health needs. While providers often counsel patients with cancer to avoid pregnancy during treatment, providers infrequently offer contraception counseling in this context. This webinar will discuss the contraceptive needs among this population, common misconceptions about perceived fertility and sexual activity, and clinical considerations for use of contraception among various cancer types.

Webinar #3: The Critical Role of Contraceptive Prescribers in Pregnancy Options Counseling and Abortion Referrals

Date: March 22nd 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Debbie Stulberg, MD, Kristie Monast, MSEd, and Elizabeth Janiak, ScD. In this webinar, participants will learn community standards and best practices for counseling and referring patients to abortion care from settings where such care is not available onsite.

Webinar #4: Gynecologic Care of Patients with Disabilities: Reflections on Family Planning Services

Date: April 12th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Cassing Hammond, MD. Although patients with physical disabilities constitute a large segment of the population requiring disproportionate healthcare services, providers receive little training addressing complex reproductive health care needs. This webinar will discuss different models of disability, the prevalence of disability and sexual behaviors of patients with physical disabilities. It will also review special considerations when prescribing methods of contraception to patients with a diverse range of physical disabilities.

Webinar #5: Contraception During Perimenopause

Date: May 26th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Mike Thomas, MD. Perimenopause is the time period in a patient’s reproductive life just prior to the complete cessation of menses. During this time, premenopausal patients may experience symptoms as a result of changes in hormones, yet are still at risk for pregnancy. This webinar will explore the considerations for contraceptive counseling with patients at this time in their lives. We will also discuss how hormonal contraception can provide perimenopause symptom relief.

Webinar #6: Tools for Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling

Date: June 28th, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register HERE!

Presented by Katharine White, MD, MPH and Natasha Lerner, DrPH(c), MPA. This webinar will showcase tools created by PICCK to assist contraceptive care providers in implementing the principles of patient-centered care within the realities of clinic. Learn PICCK’s mnemonic to assist in quality counseling. Explore a contraceptive decision aid and method information sheets that were designed to meet international standards, promote inclusivity, and support patient-centered care.

PICCK Third Annual Meeting

Date: September 17th, 2022 from 9:00am - 1:30pm EST

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register HERE!

Please save the date for Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK)’s Third Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM EST (approximately, timed agenda coming soon)! Join us to hear from speakers in the OB/GYN-field from across the country and PICCK’s Community Advisory Board. CME/CNE credit is available and the event is free to attend.

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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!

Contraception and Seizure Disorder (December 7th, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Fall 2021 webinar series!

Presented by Anne Davis, MD, MPH. The Institute of Medicine estimates over one million people in the U.S. with reproductive capacity have epilepsy. People with seizure disorders face unique concerns related to their reproductive health. Join us for a discussion of the considerations for contraceptive and preconception counseling with patients who have seizure disorder.

Substance Use Disorder and Family Planning Care (November 18th, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Fall 2021 webinar series!

Presented by Elisabeth Woodhams, MD, MSc. Substance use, misuse, and abuse is prevalent among patients seeking family planning care, yet providers may feel unprepared in caring for this patient population. This webinar will explore the intersection of substance use disorder (SUD) and contraceptive family planning care, including discussions about stigma and history. We will provide a fundamental introduction to understanding both addiction and evidence based treatment, and review evidence and recommendations for contraception safety. Clinical cases will explore how reproductive health providers can effectively advocate and care for patients with SUD.

What Do Patients Want? Pregnancy Intention and Contraceptive Needs Assessment (October 20th, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Fall 2021 webinar series!

Presented by Elizabeth Janiak, ScD. Pregnancy intention and contraceptive needs assessments are promoted as a way to improve contraceptive access, but how can you actually implement this screening? Join us for a review of four universal screeners and learn how you can use the PICCK toolkit to select the screener right for your practice.

PNQIN Perinatal COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Kickoff (October 12th, 2021)

PNQIN has received additional CDC funding to engage hospitals, stakeholders, and educational platforms to improve provider capacity, protocol implementation and clinical-community care linkages for equitable delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to pregnant and postpartum people. 

Click the links to view the webinar recording and PDF of the presentation slides!

MA Levels of Maternal Care Webinar #3 (October 12th, 2021)

This third and final webinar for the MA Levels of Maternal Care Initiative will review statewide LOCATe survey and Equity results and offer the opportunity for participating hospitals to ask questions about their survey responses and individual level designations. 

Click here to view the webinar recording; a PDF of the presentation slides will be available soon!


  1. Review statewide LOCATe and Equity results with participating hospitals.

  2. Provide an opportunity for participating hospitals to ask questions and engage in discussion about survey results, upcoming individualized reports, and the future of LoMC in Massachusetts.

  3. Share PNQIN's next steps for LoMC and offer follow-up conversation/coaching after final report distribution.

PICCK Second Annual Meeting (September 18th, 2021)

An event exploring topics such as new evidence of hormonal IUD as emergency contraception, contraceptive coercion after abortion, and more! CME/CNE credit is available. Keynote Address delivered by Loretta J. Ross, Professor at Smith College, co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and co-author of three books on reproductive justice, including the seminal Reproductive Justice: An Introduction

PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project, Spring 2021 Summit: Improving Care of Perinatal Opioid Use

June 15th & 16th, 2021

Visit the PNQIN website HERE to view the event details, including session recordings, presentation slides, and resources from our speakers and hospital teams.


Birth Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Virtual Town Hall (June 3rd, 2021)

In collaboration with the MA COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, we are pleased to announce a virtual town hall featuring several speakers with lived experience giving birth during COVID-19. 

Stay tuned for the recording!

Promoting Quality and Equity to Make Birth Safer for All: A PQC Story (June 3rd, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Spring 2021 webinar series!

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.

Massachusetts AIM OB Hemorrhage Bundle Kickoff (May 11th, 2021)

This event feature PNQIN updates and a Call to Action around obstetric hemorrhage, an AIM Hospital Champion story, and participation logistics for AIM OB Hemorrhage bundle implementation starting in June 2021.


The Zoom recording and presentation slides are available on a password-protected page on our website. Please email Kali Vitek at for the access password!

Midwifery: An Evidence-Based Solution for Disrespect, Racism & Other Challenges in Maternity Care (April 29th, 2021)

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 (including PNQIN Advisory Board Member, Dr. Eugene Declercq) 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.

Watch the recording HERE.

Adapting Traditional Postpartum Practices to Preserve Our Birthing People (April 27th, 2021)

The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression presents Commissioner (and PNQIN Advisory Board Member) Nneka Hall and her work on bringing postpartum care centers to Massachusetts. We learned more about what a postpartum care center is and the services provided to birthing parents. 

Watch the recording HERE.

The next steps and action items that individuals can take to support Commissioner Hall are to: 

  • Ask your legislators to support the Doula Bill H2372 and budget amendment #608 for Mother IS Supreme Postpartum Care Centers  

  • Initiate a pilot program in a hospital, community health center, or birth center in a high-risk community by identifying a location and funding  

  • Initiate stand-alone postpartum care centers by identifying a location and funding  

  • Launch more Mother Ruth’s Kitchen sites by identifying volunteer church organizations to participate in the program  

BMMA Black Maternal Health Virtual Conference (April 16-17th, 2021)

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."

The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes (April 15th, 2021)

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.

4th Annual Black Maternal Health Conference (April 9th, 2021)

Follow this link to view the conference webpage. Information about session recordings coming soon!

"This conference [advised and cofounded by PNQIN Advisory Board member, Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagh] 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."

PQI Champions Free Webinar featuring Dr. Audra Meadows (April 8th, 2021)

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. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and devotes time to prenatal care practice innovation and advocacy.

Visit the PQI website to view the recording!

NNPQC/IHI Thematic Webinar: COVID-19: One Year In (March 31st, 2021)

The National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC) and IHI’s Better Maternal Outcomes Initiative hosted a speaker panel about COVID-19: One Year In to discuss where we’ve been and looking ahead. This excellent also featured two speakers with lived experience giving birth during COVID-19 that we at PNQIN found especially impactful.

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

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.

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