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New York State Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (NYS IM-CoIIN)

Led by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Division of Family Health (DFH), New York State (NYS) is participating in the national Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (IM-CoIIN).  The IM-CoIIN is a platform designed to accelerate improvement in priority strategy areas through collaborative learning, quality improvement and innovation.  IM-CoIIN participants share the common agenda of ensuring every child reaches his/her first birthday and beyond.  Currently, 53 jurisdictions are participating in the national IM-CoIIN.  The national IM-CoIIN has identified the following six topics to focus efforts in reducing infant mortality:

  • Safe sleep practices;
  • Smoking cessation before, during and/or after pregnancy;
  • Pre/interconception care: promoting optimal women’s health before, after and in between pregnancies, during postpartum visits and adolescent well visits;
  • Social determinants of health: incorporating evidence-based policies/programs and place-based strategies to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes;
  • Prevention of preterm and early term births; and
  • Risk-appropriate perinatal care: increasing the delivery of higher risk infants and mothers at appropriate level facility.

The NYSDOH DFH has launched NYS-IM CoIIN projects in two of the above mentioned focus areas.  The chosen NYS focus areas are:

  • Safe Sleep: Reduce infant safe sleep related deaths in NYS and improve safe sleep practices; and
  • Pre/interconception Care: Promote healthy birth spacing and reduce unintended pregnancies.

Teams have been established to focus on each of these topic areas, with stakeholders from across the state and care continuum, including: NYSDOH staff; staff from various state agencies such as the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS); the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ); birthing facility staff; doctors; nurses; social workers; community organizations; the March of Dimes; and hospital associations such as the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). 

For more information about this initiative, please e-mail NYSIMCoIIN@health.ny.gov.

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