"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC): Challenges

Some of the challenges faced by perinatal quality collaboratives include:

  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Identifying appropriate initiatives
  • Defining interventions and change packages
  • Demonstrating value
  • Sustaining efforts

What is WisPQC? Watch this video to learn more. 

In August 2014, WAPC convened a group of stakeholders interested in developing a perinatal quality collaborative in Wisconsin. The group included representatives from the Department of Health Services, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Neonatal Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WINpqc), and two large health care systems.

The group agreed on a set of operating principles and a mission statement, "The mission of the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative is to improve perinatal health outcomes and equity across the continuum for all women and infants in Wisconsin."

In January 2015, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services issued a request for applications (RFA) for funding development of a perinatal quality collaborative in Wisconsin. WAPC, in collaboration with its partners, developed and submitted  a proposal outlining the strategies it would use to develop the infrastructure for a perinatal quality collaborative. In addition, the proposal identified a beta project the collaborative would launch to inform the collaborative's development.

WAPC received the award and is partnering with the state and other stakeholders to develop the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The group of stakeholders will be expanded to include others with an interest in and commit to improving perinatal care in the state.

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