Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Partners Recognized by the USF College of Public Health


Comm PartnersThe Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative had the opportunity to recognize some of our exceptional community partners at a “Community Partners Celebration,” part of the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s 30th Anniversary events. More than 150 colleagues from almost 70 local, state, national, and international Exceptional Community Partner organizations attended the March 27th Celebration at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

Organizations who were able to join us in person to be honored include: The Florida Hospital Association, the March of Dimes Florida Chapter, the Florida Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Florida Chapter of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses), Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District XII. Unable to join us were our nominees from the Florida Department of Health.

The FPQC is grateful for the support and partnership of all of these community organizations for advocating patient safety, quality improvement, and optimal health outcomes for Florida’s mothers and infants. These organizations have been valuable partners of both the FPQC and the College of Public Health in research, teaching, advocacy, and fieldwork. We cannot thank them enough for their continued partnership.


FPQC Partners

Pictured: Sally Forsberg, Gillian Cross, Kim Streit, Jessica Brumley, Linda Detman, Shannon Morse, Bill Sappenfield, Margie Boyer, Manuel Fermin, Robert Yelverton

Dr. Donna Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health, Dr. Charles Mahan, dean emeritus of USF College of Public Health, Dee Jeffers, RN, MPH, addressed an audience of health professional who have collaborated with USF COPH as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations to honor community partnerships.

“Nothing happens in public health without our partners,” said Dee Jeffers, who has been working in communities for many years.

“We are grateful to you for how you extend yourselves to us, how to work with us on our research projects, how you take and embrace our students, how to hire our graduates, and how you continue to be our eyes and ears out in the community, telling us what we need to do in our role as the state’s first College of Public Health,” said Dr. Petersen.


Donna Petersen, Charles Mahan, and Dee Jeffers


Manuel Fermin describes Healthy Start’s longtime partnership with the FPQC and the USF COPH:

View highlights of the day’s celebration:

A visual commemoration of the COPH’s community partners acknowledged all of the nominated organizations.