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The New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) is an initiative led by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Division of Family Health (DFH).  The NYSPQC aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State (NYS) by collaborating with birthing hospitals, perinatal care providers, professional organizations and other key stakeholders to prevent and minimize harm through the translation of evidence-based guidelines to clinical practice.  The current intervention projects of the NYSPQC focus on:
  • Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by improving the assessment, identification and management of obstetric hemorrhage.  The NYSDOH NYSPQC is leading this project in collaboration with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District II, Greater New York Hospital Association, and Healthcare Association of New York State;
  • Identifying and managing women with opioid use disorder during pregnancy, and improving the identification, standardization of therapy and coordination of aftercare of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.  This project is being undertaken as a collaboration of the NYSDOH NYSPQC and ACOG District II, as part of the national Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM);
  • Reducing infant mortality by improving safe sleep practices; and
  • Optimizing early enteral nutrition in newborns of <31 weeks gestational age to minimize discharge from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) below the 10th percentile on the Fenton growth scale.

Birthing hospitals across NYS are collaborating with the NYSDOH on one or more of these projects.

NYSDOH Resources

NYSPQC Contact Information

Marilyn Kacica, MD, MPH
Executive Director, NYSPQC
Medical Director
Division of Family Health
New York State Department of Health

Kristen Lawless, MS
Program Director, NYSPQC
Division of Family Health
New York State Department of Health