Pennsylvania Perinatal
Quality Collaborative

The PA PQC is working to reduce maternal mortality and improve care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids.

The PA PQC is administered by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and WHAMglobal, and it is affiliated with the Northeast PQC (NEPaPQC)

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) was launched in April 2019, with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation as an action arm of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). Please see the report, “Pregnancy-Associated Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2013-2018,” about the causes of deaths. Over 60 birth sites and NICUs and over 10 health plans across the Commonwealth are actively identifying perinatal processes that need to be improved and quickly adopting best practices to achieve the common aims. The focus areas include maternal Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), contraceptive care, maternal depression, and severe hypertension. Please click the links below to view the PA PQC’s Driver Diagrams for these focus areas.

For an overview of the PA PQC’s 2021 initiatives, please view this presentation and webinar recording.

Over 140 people from all of the regions of the Commonwealth worked together to standup the PA PQC through an Advisory Group and nine work groups. The Advisory Group includes State agencies, providers, health system associations, provider associations, health plans, community-based organizations, researchers, foundations, quality improvement collaboratives, and advocates. The work groups identified the drivers, key interventions, and quality metrics to move the needle on the collective aims of the PA PQC. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and WHAMglobal, an operating arm of the Foundation, are helping to administer the work of the PA PQC, which is being led by these stakeholders.