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Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC): What You Can Do

You can be part of this process.

The Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC) focuses on the perinatal period--the time prior to pregnancy and through the first year of the infant's life. The Collaborative offers opportunities for stakeholders to engage in quality improvement that can improve perinatal outcomes.

Organizations can become members of the Collaborative. Member organizations have to commit to supporting the Collaborative's efforts in manners that are most appropriate to their organizational missions, structures, and resources.

Systems and facilities can engage in the Collaborative's work by supporting a culture of change and quality improvement.

Individuals can be part of the improvement process by implementing change in their work environments and measuring the effects of changes through rapid cycle quality improvement processes.

Membership Application



Q: What is WisPQC?


The Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative formed in August 2014. Its mission is “to improve perinatal health outcomes and equity across the continuum for all women and infants in Wisconsin." WisPQC members are various health care organizations and agencies. Currently, WAPC provides administrative support and leadership to WisPQC through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Q: What is the relationship of WisPQC to the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) and the Perinatal Foundation?


WisPQC is separate from WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation. WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation began meetings in August 2014 with organizations interested in forming a perinatal quality collaborative. Since June 2015, WAPC has provided organizational and administrative support to the newly-formed Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative. WAPC applied for and was awarded grant funding for two years from the Department of Health Services to implement and evaluate a state perinatal quality collaborative. The Perinatal Foundation provides financial and programmatic resources to WisPQC through WAPC. Both WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation are founding members of WisPQC.

Q: Who are members of WisPQC?


  • Aurora Health Care
  • Bellin Health Systems
  • Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Fort HealthCare
  • Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes-Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
  • Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
  • Holy Family Memorial
  • HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
  • HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
  • March of Dimes-Wisconsin
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Perinatal Foundation
  • Reedsburg Area Medical Center
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center
  • St. Mary's Hospital-Madison
  • ThedaCare
  • UnityPoint Health-Meriter
  • University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Joseph and Elmbrook Memorial Campuses
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program-Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
  • Wisconsin AWHONN
  • Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Program
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Wisconsin Neonatal Perinatal Quality Collaborative
  • Wisconsin Section, ACOG

Q: Why does Wisconsin need a perinatal quality collaborative?


Wisconsin has the opportunity to leverage the energy of like-minded local, regional, and statewide organizations to form a lasting structure that will formally and systematically improve the quality of perinatal care and outcomes.

Q: Who can be a member?


  • Members represent organizations.
  • A large organization may have departments or divisions that could be considered for membership in the WisPQC. Departments or divisions of larger organizations can have representatives in the WisPQC if the individual departments or divisions represent unique perspectives. Organizations will participate in initiatives in ways that reflect their own overall objectives. For example, academic institutions could incorporate educational changes into their curricula.
  • Individuals cannot be members of the WisPQC. (The WisPQC may ask individuals to serve as content experts or consultants to the WisPQC, but the individuals will not be considered members.)

Q: How can my organization become a member?


This link takes you to an online application form.

Q: How is WisPQC funded?


Currently, the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care has funding to develop WisPQC through a grant from the WI Department of Health Services. WisPQC also enjoys the support of the Perinatal Foundation.

Q: What has WisPQC been doing?


WisPQC used a consensus-building process to select its first major initiative—improved care for women affected by hypertension during pregnancy and after birth.

Q: Where can I find information about WisPQC initiatives?


Go to

Q: Where can I find more information about WisPQC?


Go to, send an email to, or call 608-285-5858.

Q: How is WisPQC organized?


Here is the current organizational chart.

The Steering Committee is comprised of eight people representing the Data, Maternal, and Neonatal Work Groups and the general membership.

Steering Committee Membership
Name Organization Term
Cynthie Anderson Wisconsin Section, ACOG 2019
Kathy Kostrivas UnityPoint Health-Meriter 2019
Janet Letter Bellin Health Systems 2018
Stacy McNall Wisconsin AWHONN 2019
Nina Menda Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2019
Paul Neary Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health 2018
Angie Rohan Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Program 2018
Chris Van Mullem Perinatal Foundation 2018


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