Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs)

  • State of Michigan's Prosperity Regions

    The Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs) are key drivers of the Mother Infant Heath & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP). There are 9 Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (RPQCs), representing every Prosperity Region in Michigan. Each RPQC convenes regular meetings with diverse stakeholders and partners to address their respective region’s largest concerns with individualized attention. 

    RPQCs are charged with improving birth outcomes for moms, babies and families through data-driven quality improvement projects that are tailored to the strengths and challenges of each region. The RPQCs utilize both community and clinical approaches by bringing together health care professionals, community partners, families, faith-based organizations, Great Start Collaboratives, home visiting agencies, and others in a unified, collaborative effort.

    Michigan Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MI PQC)

    The Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives fall under the umbrella of Michigan Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MI PQC). Michigan joins approximately 40 other states who have established State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives. The State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, including the MI PQC, are part of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC).

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  • Regional Perinatal Quality Collaborative Areas of Focus

    Advancing Equity

    ♦ ​ Six RPQCs have provided Health Equity and Implicit Bias trainings to RPQC members and providers.
    ♦  Fiscal year 2021 contracts require all RPQCs to actively address health inequities, social determinants of health and disparate outcomes.

    Implementing and expanding universal screening for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
    ♦  Four RPQCs are currently working to increase Perinatal Substance Use screening​.
    ♦  Three regions are utilizing the electronic screening tool available through the High Touch, High Tech program.
    ♦  Two RPQCs are working to increase accessibility of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for pregnant & postpartum women.​
    ♦  Two Collaboratives are working to increase prenatal care for pregnant women receiving MAT.
    ♦  One RPQC is working with a local birthing hospital to establish rooming-in policies and procedures for babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
    ♦  One RPQC is updating a web-based resource for SUD to include resources for pregnant or postpartum women.

    ♦  Four Collaboratives are working with regional agencies to implement the SOPHE Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program​.

    Expanding access to evidence-based home visiting services
    ♦  Six RPQCs are working to increase referrals and enrollment into home visiting programs​.

    Increasing and improving access to care and support throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period
    ♦  Three Collaboratives are working to provide virtual birthing education and support.
    ♦  RPQCs collaborated with community partners to provide patient education materials and blood pressure cuffs to high risk women.

  • 2019 Maternal and Infant Health Data by Region

    ♦  Region Five
    ♦ ​ Region Six

    ♦ ​ Region Seven

    ♦ ​ Region Eight
    ♦ ​ Region Nine
    ♦ ​ Region Ten

    More maternal and infant data is available at the Maternal Child Health Epidemiology website. 

  • MoFor more information on the RPQC's,
    please contact:

    Emily Goerge, MPH, MSN, RN
    Perinatal Nurse Coordinator