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Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC)

In November 2012, a group of neonatologists, obstetricians, midwives, public health professionals and other stakeholders launched a collaborative effort, the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC), to identify and implement quality improvement (QI) strategies to improve maternal and neonatal care and outcomes in Georgia. For years, being born in Georgia has been a risk factor for overall health, with Georgia ranked at the bottom nationally for maternal mortality and for many infant health indicators. This group, which includes representation from the Georgia Hospital Association, the Georgia Chapter of March of Dimes and the United Way of Greater Atlanta, is united in its vision for a future where having a baby in Georgia is a predictor of good health, not poor outcomes.

Hospitals and providers have increased focus on implementing quality improvement initiatives to advance clinical knowledge, drive patient safety and outcomes, and, more recently, to demonstrate their value to consumers and payors. Recent years have witnessed an emergence of perinatal collaboratives that aim to take a life-course approach to addressing risk factors that contribute to poor outcomes. GaPQC is unique in its integration of community-based organizations to enhance efforts to educate and engage families in the QI process.

Current Initiatives

Maternal: Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) for Immediate Postpartum Use

The immediate postpartum (IPP) long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) initiative is a quality improvement initiative with a focus on increasing inter-pregnancy intervals to greater than 24 months and, ultimately, improving outcomes for moms and babies.  The aim of the LARC initiative is to increase by 15% the number of women whose deliveries are covered by Medicaid that receive immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception placement.

Neonatal: Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD)

The Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) initiative is a quality improvement initiative with a focus on early detection and intervention.  The aim of the CCHD initiative is to standardize screening among all eligible infants for Critical Congenital Heart Defects. 

Ready to take your first step?

Schedule an informational phone call by contacting the Georgia Department of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section at 404-657-2850.



Page last updated 5/16/16