Posts Tagged Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

New neonatal initiative aims to better involve families


Monica Babich didn’t feel like a mother when she was separated from her daughter Elara following her birth. Skin-to-skin care in the neonatal intensive care unit changed that. By holding Elara skin-to-skin, Monica could feel like a mother and knew she was providing just what Elara needed. Monica, was one of three mothers and fathers who spoke on the experience of parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s PAIRED Initiative Kick Off meeting held on March 19, 2021. FPQC’s new infant health […]


Continuing to PROVIDE during the pandemic: Florida hospitals meet to promote primary vaginal deliveries


The Mid-Project Meeting for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s Promoting Primary Vaginal Deliveries (PROVIDE) Initiative looked a little different than meetings in the past. Held virtually on November 19, 2020, the meeting attracted more than 130 participants including hospital representatives, healthcare organizations, and other stakeholders. The meeting was an opportunity […]

The Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort Mid-Project Meeting Connects Diverse Stakeholders


On October 22, 2020, more than 85 participants, representing hospitals, Healthy Start Coalitions, managed care organizations and other stakeholders, gathered for the Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE) virtual mid-project meeting to assess progress and brainstorm future strategies for supporting mothers. The meeting highlighted the impact of the latest data on maternal death rates, as well as the status of quality improvement activities among hospitals involved in the initiative. Keynote speakers shared information on efforts to build networks of care and deliver trauma-informed services to vulnerable women with OUD before and […]

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative celebrates 10 years of advancing the health of mothers and infants (VIDEO)

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC), housed in the USF College of Public Health’s Chiles Center, has been on a mission of making sure Florida’s infants and mothers receive the highest quality health care and outcomes for the last decade. Some improvements hospitals have made because of the FPQC’s efforts […]

Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties wins FPQC Director’s Award


The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s Director’s Award goes to an organization that has gone above and beyond to assist the FPQC in improving the health and health care of moms and babies in Florida.  “Dixie Morgese and the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties clearly exemplify this in the Collaborative’s effort to address the state’s neonatal opioid withdrawal crisis through improving the care for moms and infants,” said FPQC Director Bill Sappenfield. The Coalition has made multiple contributions to the FPQC’s Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE) and Neonatal […]

Drugs are leading cause of maternal deaths in Florida, report finds


In 2017, drug-related deaths were the leading cause of death to mothers during pregnancy or within one year afterward, which accounts for one in four of these deaths in Florida, according to a new urgent pregnancy-associated mortality review (PAMR) message to providers and hospitals. Most (75%) of these drug-related deaths […]

2019 USF Outstanding Staff Award recipients honored

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Several USF College of Public Health staff members were awarded the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards. Each year, the University of South Florida seeks to recognize employees who exemplify “above and beyond” performance excellence through their daily commitment to the University. This year, the COPH recognized individual award winner Paige Hunt, […]

Tampa General Hospital Wins 2020 John Curran Quality Improvement Award


Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s (FPQC) 2020 John Curran Quality Improvement Award winner for its efforts to expand mother’s access to long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) options in the immediate postpartum period. In their application, Tampa General submitted its quality improvement project titled “TGH Access LARC […]