Our field is always a work in process – and information is key. Info below for healthcare providers to help address hypertensive disorders and improve potential outcomes for your pregnant patients – with a special focus on Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) patients.
Did you know? While most pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause:
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology endorses treating a hypertensive crisis within 60 minutes to reduce the risk for stroke and other adverse outcomes. Though timely treatment is a well-understood best practice, it can be challenging to operationalize consistently.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure:
And apply what is learned:
The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is a network of organizations, medical providers, content experts and community voices led by Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We seek to improve maternal and infant health outcomes with emphasis on improving health equity for all birthing people.
Our initiatives and committees work towards health access, quality and equity.
The Hypertension in Pregnancy Initiative focuses on developing reliable processes for recognizing and treating obstetric hypertension (HTN) during pregnancy and up to six weeks postpartum towards reducing severe maternal morbidity (SMM) by 25%.
We all need to be asking more questions, collecting data and sharing what we learn – and applying what we learn to improve the health of our BIPOC clients.
Specifically, work together to:
This is the purpose of our Perinatal Equity Committee. Working with our initiative workgroups to provide guidance and support, helping to develop curriculum and education around racism, implicit bias, and accurate data collection.
Our mission is to identify and challenge persistent perinatal health disparities and inequities through critical analysis of existing systems and to promote solutions rooted in inclusion and centered on the voices of those most impacted. We seek to dismantle structurally racist and oppressive systems within perinatal care in Minnesota. We will embed an equity lens for optimal health for all in all local and state perinatal health initiatives.