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MNPQC Members, Fall Conference Speakers, Attendees, and Sponsors!

On behalf of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative, we'd like to take a moment to say thank you for all the support, dedication, collaboration, and passion you have given to improving health care outcomes and reducing disparities in Minnesota.

With your help, MNPQC is able to provide up-to-date information on perinatal care practices, services, and technological advancements and a great opportunity to network with professionals from the region. We couldn't do it without you!

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is hosting a Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative in collaboration with Project ECHO.

Register for our next ECHO session on December 14, 12:15-1:15 PM!

Melissa Bray from CentraCare will be discussing the implementation of the Blue Band Initiative to identify hypertensive patients and provide resources for the community. This webinar series is free and open to all interested!

Visit our website to register & learn more.

Seeking Clinics for Virtual Learning Collaborative

In collaboration with Boston Medical Center, Proof Alliance is seeking health centers in the Upper Midwest and New England for the SAFEST Choice Learning Collaborative.

SAFEST Choice features ECHO virtual education and aims to reduce the incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure and improve outcomes in children with suspected or diagnosed FASD. Community health centers and clinics are invited to participate in Prenatal and/or Pediatric cohorts to learn FASD specialty-specific core competencies. The prenatal cohort will learn how to screen for and counsel women about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy, and the pediatric cohort will learn how to identify and care for children with suspected or diagnose FASD. Participating CHCs will receive free continuing education and ongoing technical assistance over the course of a year, as well as a stipend to support a champion at their site. Participation will begin in May 2022.

For more information, please e-mail Sarah at
Congratulations to our 2021 Kunsche Award Winner
Dr. Phillip Rauk!

MPO's Kunsche Award is given annually to a member of the perinatal healthcare community for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing the field and furthering our mission.

Dr. Rauk lead quality for Fairview System in OB for 10 years.
He is VicVice-Chair Quality and Safety Department and an OB-GYN at the University of Minnesota. He serves at MHA as the lead of their Perinatal Committee. Dr. Rauk served as MPO President.

Dr. Rauk had a key role in the establishment of the MNPQC
He is an active member of the following MNPQC work:
  • Vice-Chair
  • Executive Branch
  • Steering Committee
  • Faculty for the Maternal Hypertension Initiative.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving perinatal health!
MNPQC recommends members encourage and offer vaccines, including boosters, to pregnant and recently pregnant people as this population is at high risk of severe illness, death, and pregnancy complications.
Read more on strategies that providers and health systems can use to address vaccine hesitancy.

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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Stay up-to-date - Bookmark our COVID-19 Updates page today!

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.  

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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