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and MNPQC Welcome Jessica Nyholm, as our MPO President-elect!
Dr. Jessica L. Nyholm is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Minneapolis and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Medical Center, and Maple Grove Hospital. She began as a specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Jessica is passionate about Quality Improvement in Obstetrics, with involvement in both the OB Clinical Practice Council through North Memorial Health and Zero Birth Injury (ZBI) through M Health. Additionally, she has an interest in perinatal infections, with a focus on cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy. We look forward to working with Jessica to further the work of the MPO and MNPQC!

For more info on our leadership team, visit our website!

This month's spotlight post features Proof Alliance.

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Improving Equity in Lactation Support - Invitation


  • Application deadline is Monday, June 21, 2021, at 6 PM CT
  • Email completed application to
  • Awardees will be notified by June 30, 2021: funding will be sent starting July 1, 2021
  • MBC may seek phone or zoom interviews with finalists between June 22 and June 30, 2021
  • Applicants should identify as BIPOC and live/work outside of Ramsey County but within Minnesota
  • Apply for either foundational lactation training or preparation for the IBCLC exam by October 2022
This two-day event will combine hands-on perinatal healthcare sessions with quality improvement and evidence-based care practices. Our MNPQC will highlight initiatives on Preterm Birth Prevention, Hypertension in Pregnancy, and Mother/Infant Opioid Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Effort including opportunities to discuss current perinatal topics.

Currently, MNPQC is working to safely gather people together while also creating virtual options.

More information on the 2021 fall conference will be released soon.

In the meantime,

Hennepin Healthcare announces Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder ECHO education series

Hennepin Healthcare’s Project ECHO will kick off a new series focused on Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) every Thursday from 12:15-1:15 pm starting January 7, 2021. Led collaboratively by Hennepin Healthcare’s Dr. Brian Grahan and the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Cresta Jones, our goal is to help providers develop the knowledge and confidence to manage this type of longitudinal care locally. Sessions are free of charge and open to all interested healthcare professionals.

Featuring local and national experts, the Perinatal OUD series will include the following topics:

  • OUD screening for individuals of childbearing age
  • Managing reporting requirements to child protective services (including Indian Child Welfare Act reporting)
  • Initiation of buprenorphine and other medications for OUD (MOUD) in the pregnant individual
  • Pain management during and after delivery for individuals on MOUD
  • Best practices in coordination with psychotherapy-based substance use treatment programs
  • Management of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS)
  • Patient-oriented, respectful parenting support for young families affected by substance use

MNPQC's Community Organization Resources

Visit the Resources Page on our new website to access the numerous Community Organizations and online resources. These resources aid mothers and their children, as well as healthcare professionals interested in improving perinatal health across Minnesota. If you don’t see your organization listed, or know of an organization or helpful resource that is missing, please contact us at to the community resource section.
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MNPQC is dedicated to sharing the latest information, resources, and education with healthcare providers, parents and caregivers, and our communities. Our COVID-19 Updates page includes webinars, articles, and guidelines on the care of pregnant women and newborns, resources for breastfeeding mothers and obtaining formula, health equity, as well as general information, including other languages (as available). Sources include the CDC, MDH, SMFM, and partner PQCs, as well as other reliable sources.  

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The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is co-facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO), and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of State-Based Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-DP17-1702.

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