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South Florida: Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative 8th Annual Conference

University of South Florida College of Public Health

Interdisciplinary and multi-professional Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives that promote continuous, population and evidence-based practices have been shown to improve perinatal health outcomes. This two day, educational program is designed to expand the knowledge and skill base for perinatal health care practitioners in a range of vocations and specialties as well as other perinatal health-related professionals in the identification of QI opportunities, the planning and implementation of QI initiatives and the advancement of evidence-based practices at the institutional, community, and state levels.

Hospitals that work collaboratively on quality improvement projects, protocols, clinical education, and research achieve greater gains in improving health care for mothers and babies (Reisner & Landers 2010, Lee et al 2014). As increasing attention is paid to health care quality and improving outcomes, the need for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) conference is greater than ever.  The information, strategies, and team building to be shared via this conference will help address the gaps in knowledge and practice among Florida perinatal clinicians on revised national standards on OB safety, promoting patient/family engagement, monitoring QI efforts, addressing disparities in care, and approaches to improving preterm infant outcomes.