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South Florida: Perinatal Health Care Champions Learn and Network at FPQC’s Eighth Annual Conference

More than 200 perinatal health care workers and advocates joined the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) for the eighth annual conference April 4-5 in Tampa, Fla.

The FPQC, based at the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Chiles Center, aims to advance perinatal health care quality and patient safety for all of Florida’s mothers and infants.

Nurses, physicians, community health workers, mental health specialists, family advocates, and several nationally-recognized QI experts joined the FPQC for the conference.

“The conference brings cutting edge practice updates to Florida’s health care leadership to improve the health and health care of Florida’s mother and babies,” FPQC director Dr. William Sappenfield said.

Dr. Sappenfield delivered the “State of the Collaborative” address where he recognized partners, described ongoing and upcoming statewide initiatives and trainings, and explained expanded high-touch outreach strategies.

Dr. Sappenfield said this year’s event also included national experts on the racial disparities in health care quality for mothers and babies.

“National attention has focused on the large black/white disparity in maternal mortality, morbidity and care in the U.S.,” he said. “Dr. Elizabeth Howell on maternal issues and Dr. Jochen Profit on sick newborn issues brought attention to these critical issues in health care.”

Patient advocate Ms. Lelis Vernon followed the opening address with an insightful talk on patient and family-centered care in quality improvement initiatives, sharing her own experiences as a neonatal intensive care unit mom.

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