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MNPQC In the Know

April 2022

MNPQC Maternal Hypertension Project ECHO Series

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is hosting a Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative in collaboration with Project ECHO.
Register for our next ECHO session on April 12, 2022 @ 12:15-1:15 PM

Dr. Retu Saxena, Cardiologist at Allina Health MPLS Heart Institute, will be discussing Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Management in the Postpartum Period.

This webinar series is free and open to all interested! Visit our website to register and learn more.

Do you have questions about the changes in the Mandatory reporting laws?

If you missed Dr. Cresta Jone’s excellent presentation on Wayside Recovery’s ECHO, you can view it below. Coming soon will be townhalls with discussions on this change with CPS & social work.

Watch the ECHO to learn more and Stay Tuned for upcoming events!

Do you want others to know more about your organization?

We do too! Please contact us to request an interview so we can highlight the work you are doing.

Thank you to all who have helped us get here!

The MNPQC is excited to elevate the MNPQC mission to improve perinatal outcomes in collaboration with our member organizations across Minnesota. This future partnership with AIM will both facilitate a national forum for the exchange of innovative ideas and serve as a resource to our state in continuous improvement in maternal safety and quality.

Further background information on AIM: AIM Program – Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health | AIM Program (Previously Council on Patient Safety) (

Please see our website to learn more about the MNPQC, its current committees, and initiatives.

Thank you to our wonderful Conference Sponsors!

Your sponsorship ensures educational components, including our fall conference, support our mission of improving health care outcomes and reducing inequities in Minnesota. This month, MNPQC is featuring one of our fall conference sponsors, the AWHONN MN Section!

Thank you, AWHONN for sponsoring the MNPQC 2021 Fall Conference! AWHONN MN Section is a growing community of nurses interested in the issues of women and newborns. Please browse our site to find out more about us, what we do, and available resources to promote the health of women and newborns.

Hennepin Health Perinatal ECHO series will be starting April 2022!

This series will focus on the intersection of perinatal opioid and polysubstance use and perinatal mental health. Dr. Cresta Jones will be co-directing this series along with Dr. Katie Thorsness, the perinatal psychiatrist at the Hennepin Health Redleaf Center.

Sessions will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The format will remain the same – a short didactic session followed by a case review – we encourage you all to consider cases you have been involved with for discussion of best practices in general or for specific individual guidance issues.

This program is geared towards any stakeholders who influence, provide, or support care for pregnant people experiencing mental health or substance use disorders – this includes students, residents, and fellows as well.
We hope this series will help expand trauma-informed and stigma-free care for our patients and their families.

MNPQC’s Community Organization Resources

Visit the Resources Page on our new website to access the numerous Community Organizations and online resources. These resources aid birthing people and their babies, as well as healthcare professionals interested in improving perinatal health across Minnesota. If you don’t see your organization listed, or know of an organization or helpful resource that is missing, please contact us at to the community resource section.

To continue providing access to information, engagement, and collaboration among Minnesota Perinatal & Infant Providers – please send your resources, events, and information to to display on our website.

Stay up to date – Bookmark our COVID-19 Updates page today!

MNPQC is dedicated to sharing the latest information, resources, and education with healthcare providers, parents and caregivers, and our communities. Our COVID-19 Updates page includes webinars, articles, and guidelines on the care of pregnant women and newborns, resources for breastfeeding mothers and obtaining formula, health equity, as well as general information, including other languages (as available). Sources include the CDC, MDH, SMFM, and partner PQCs, as well as other reliable sources.  

If you have additional resources or educational opportunities for us to share, please send them to

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