About Us

We have a long history and a long way to go… 

Data indicates Minnesota has relatively strong overall maternal and infant health outcomes. Unfortunately, in every perinatal measure, women and infants of color and American Indian women and their infants are disproportionally burdened.

Join our journey to improve health care outcomes and reduce disparities in Minnesota and beyond.


Through the MNPQC, MPO strives to bring together key stakeholders from around the state to improve communication, dissemination of information, and improve perinatal health outcomes.

Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO) was founded in 1974 as a multidisciplinary association of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving perinatal health. We provide up-to-date information on perinatal care practices, services, and technological advancements and a great opportunity to network with professionals from the region. Our Mission is to optimize perinatal health in Minnesota through education. MPO co-founded the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health. As a premier provider of perinatal healthcare education, MPO brings together doctors, clinics, public health, and hospital nurses, midwives, doulas, community organizations, and families and caregivers. Our unique multidisciplinary collaborations provide an opportunity for perinatal healthcare professionals from a variety of settings to meet and increase their knowledge and skills.

MPO Kunsche Award

Congratulations to our 2021 Kunsche Award Winner, Dr. Phillip Rauk!

MPO’s Kunsche Award is given annually to a member of the perinatal healthcare community for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing the field and furthering our mission. 

2020-21 Executive Branch

The Executive Branch provides content expertise and oversight to the Steering Committee and MNPQC initiative workgroups. They give direction to the organization, including sustainability, networking, developing partnerships, and operations.

2020-21 Steering Committee

The MNPQC Steering Committee consists of representatives from healthcare organizations, professional leadership, and community stakeholders. Together they review current data, trends, and research on best practices to inform quality improvement initiatives. One of their key functions is promotion and support of quality improvement initiatives aimed at reducing inequities. The Steering Committee serves as a bi-directional communication source between the MNPQC and organizations around the state.

2020-21 Perinatal Equity Committee

The MNPQC Equity Committee works closely with the Steering & Executive Committees to improve perinatal health by promoting community engagement. Members of the MNPQC Equity Committee will regularly meet with the initiative workgroups to provide guidance and support, helping to develop curriculum and education around racism, implicit bias, and accurate data collection.

2020-21 Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) works to bring together patients, families, and community members through collaborative equity approaches that improve health outcomes for moms, families and babies in both the metro and rural Minnesota. The CAC will inform the MNPQC in their initiatives.

2020-21 Education & Outreach Committee

The Education & Outreach Committee is comprised of statewide health care professionals and community stakeholders. They work diligently to provide current and clinically applicable information for prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care of the mother and infant, including hospital care, transition to home, and beyond.

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The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is co-facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO), and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of State-Based Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-DP17-1702.