Meetings and Upcoming Events

PICCK Second Annual Meeting

Date: September 18th, 2021

Time: 9:00am-1:30pm ET

Location: Remote via Zoom.

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!

Join us to hear from speakers in the OB/GYN-field from across the country and PICCK’s Community Advisory Board on 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. See the full schedule below!


"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."

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SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias Education

Date: September 22nd & 29th, 2021

Cost: This education is free to MA Perinatal Professionals!

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

Register HERE by August 25th to receive your workbook in time!

Click the date 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!

What's New in Contraception 2021


Part of the PICCK Fall Webinar Series!

Date: September 29th, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00pm ET

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!


Presented by Kelly Treder, MD MPH, this webinar will cover the latest in contraception – learn about the newest birth control methods that have entered the market, hormonal IUD as emergency contraception, DEPO-subQ PROVERA 104 self-injection, and more.

"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."

What Do Patients Want? Pregnancy Intention and Contraceptive Needs Assessment

Date: October 20th, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00pm ET

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!


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.


Part of the PICCK Fall Webinar Series!

Substance Use Disorder and Family Planning Care


Part of the PICCK Fall Webinar Series!

Date: November 18th, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00pm ET

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!


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.

Contraception and Seizure Disorder

Date: December 7th, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00pm ET

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

Register here!


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.


Part of the PICCK Fall Webinar Series!

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 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, 201)

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.

Beyond LARC: Putting People and Equity at the Center of Contraceptive Access Efforts (May 12th, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Spring 2021 webinar series!

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.

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.

Contraception in the Biden-Harris Administration (April 14th, 2021)

Part of the PICCK Spring 2021 webinar series!


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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 

Time (EST)

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM

11:35 AM – 11:50 AM

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM

12:20 PM – 12:50 PM

12:50 PM – 1:20 PM

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM

Shared via website and email


  • Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge Welcome (Katharine White, MD MPH)

  • Reproductive Justice Keynote (Loretta J. Ross)

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health Equity and Justice Programming (Jill Clark, MPH)

  • Contraception for Medically Complex Patients (Sadia Haider, MD MPH)

  • Abortion/Contraception and Coercion (Rachel Cannon, MD MSc and Kristyn Brandi, MD MPH)

  • Break

  • Hormonal IUD as Emergency Contraception (David Turok, MD MPH)

  • Community Advisory Board Session (PICCK Community Advisory Board: Chantel Bethea, Angélique Bouthot)

  • Difficult IUD Insertions and Removals (Melody Hou, MD MPH)

  • The Disrespected Methods (Katharine White, MD MPH)

  • Closing Remarks (Katharine White, MD MPH)

  • Materials, resources, and more opportunities to engage with PICCK