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May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

To learn more about Preeclampsia, treatment, education, and how to get involved, please visit The Preeclampsia Foundation's website.

We are excited to announce the expansion of the MNPQC leadership team to include Todd Stanhope as the MNPQC chair and Phillip Rauk as the vice-chair. We also welcome Erin Plummer as she moves into the MPO president position. We are so grateful to have such strong leaders in our collaboration and we look forward to the continued growth and support as we work towards improving maternal and infant health outcomes with an emphasis on improving health equity for all birthing people in Minnesota.

MPO is currently accepting nominations for President-Elect, which is a 3-year commitment (one year President-Elect, one year President, one year Past President). The term starts in October 2021. To make a nomination, please contact Susan Boehm:

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

This month's spotlight post features the Star Legacy Foundation.
To read the full interview, please click below.

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 considering virtual options.

More information on the 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.
Move Your Way Campaign

Physical activity has important health benefits during and after pregnancy. But lots of things can get in the way — like busy schedules and conflicting advice about what’s safe. The Move Your Way® campaign can help your pregnant and postpartum audiences find the facts and tips they need to get active. For more information on the Campaign, please visit this link
Stay up-to-date - Bookmark our COVID-19 Updates page today!

MNPQC is dedicated to sharing the latest information, resources, and education to healthcare providers, parents and caregivers, and our communities. Our COVID-19 Updates page includes webinars, articles, and guidelines on the care of the pregnant woman 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.  

If you have additional resources or educational opportunities for us to share, please send them to

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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