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MNPQC In the Know

September 2022


Perinatal Equity Committee Chair and Vice Chair Nomination Request!

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is currently accepting nominations for the chair and vice chair positions for the MNPQC Perinatal Equity Committee.


The chair’s responsibilities will be to plan and lead equity meetings, represent the MNPQC steering committee, and support project initiatives. Please see the chair job description for further details.  


Perinatal Equity Committee Mission/Vision/Goals
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 in all local and state perinatal health initiatives.

We seek to ensure that all Minnesotans have access and the ability to achieve their full, perinatal health potential regardless of age, race, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, biologic sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, communication preference, religion/religious preference, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, or proximity to health centers.


We extend gratitude to our current chairs, Arielle Skalisky and Ann Downey for providing leadership to the Equity Committee.

Visit the link below to learn more and submit nominations!

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.

Project ECHO – Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative

  • Women who experience complications related to developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, during pregnancy, have up to a 63% increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease later in life
  • Chronic hypertension accounts for one-half to two-thirds of the excess cardiovascular disease risk in women with prior HDP
  • Only about 33% of women with prior HDP are on antihypertensives
  • Established CVD risk factors arising after pregnancy explained most (84%) of the increased risk of CVD conferred by gestational hypertension and 57% of the risk among women with preeclampsia. Screening for chronic hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, type 2 diabetes, and overweight/obesity after pregnancy may be especially helpful in CVD prevention among women with a history of HDP.

MNPQC Annual Conference

Due to the increasing list of partners having fall conferences this year, we have decided to postpone the MNPQC annual conference until the beginning of 2023.

More details to come. Stay Tuned!

Minnesota Maternal Mortality Report 2017-2018

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) reviewed 48 pregnancy-associated deaths in Minnesota that occurred during 2017-2018. Pregnancy-associated death is a death that occurs during pregnancy or within one year of termination of pregnancy irrespective of the cause. The findings of the review committee and recommendations can be found in Minnesota’s first Maternal Mortality Report. This report also includes demographic information and characteristics of pregnancy-associated deaths of Minnesotans and summarizes the causes of deaths, and factors contributing to these deaths.  To learn about other key findings and recommendations see the Minnesota Maternal Mortality Report 2017-2018.

Wayside Women’s Services ECHO

In partnership with Project ECHO
The Wayside Women Services (WWS) Project ECHO focuses on sharing practice and support service information which will enable participating organizations to empower women and families to break the cycle of addiction and trauma.

Hennepin Health Perinatal ECHO series started in 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.



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There are past and present events available on the calendar – View the full calendar on our website!

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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.  

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