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Hypertension in Pregnancy

MNPQC is hosting a statewide quality improvement initiative to improve the identification, treatment, and follow up of hypertension in pregnancy and the postpartum period. 

As of August 2019, the MNPQC Hypertension Workgroup meets from 8:00am-9:00am on the 4th Friday of every other month.

Meeting dates/times are subject to change based on member availability and scheduling needs. Contact for more information.

Providers: MNPQC developed the toolkit below to help you better diagnose, treat, and educate your patients on hypertension in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Please share these materials, bookmark the page, and check back for the most up-to-date information.

Patients & Family Members: We have gathered the reliable education resources below for your use. Please share any health concerns with your provider(s) and seek treatment promptly for any signs/symptoms of hypertension.  

Blue Band Project
Blue Band Project

The Blue Band Project is an effort to alert health care providers about a patient's risk for preeclampsia. Patients who are at risk will wear a blue band during pregnancy and after delivery of their baby. If you have been asked to wear a blue band, keep it on until your provider takes it off or tells you to take it off.  It is important to let healthcare providers know if you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant.

Many complications of preeclampsia can be prevented. MNPQC is working to raise awareness of preeclampsia in our communities by using blue medical alert bands.

Patient Education Handout

How to implement in your facility

Workgroup Members
Name Affiliation
Marijo Aguilera Health Partners
Janyne Althaus Essentia
Elizabeth Baldwin Health Partners
Cameron Berg North Memorial
Susan Boehm Minnesota Perinatal Organization
Shalana Bolton CentraCare Health
Heather Brusegard family advocate
Melanie Dixon MHealth
Elizabeth Elfstrand Minnesota Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Melissa Erickson CentraCare Health / Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neontal Nurses, MN Section
Becky Gams MHealth Fairview / Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neontal Nurses, MN Section
Bonnie Hansen Minnesota Perinatal Organization
Summer Johnson Open Cities Health Center
Michael Kassing Essentia
Alina Kraynak Minnesota Department of Health
Katie Linde Minnesota Department of Health
Carrie Neerland MHealth
Tony Pelzel HealthEast/Fairview
Kathy Pfleghaar CentraCare Health
Phillip Rauk MHealth
Julie Shelton Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center - East Market
Abby Stoffel Minnesota Hospital Association
Jaime Slaughter-Acey MHealth
Charles Snow CentraCare Health
Angela Thompson Mayo Clinic

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.

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