The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is hosting FREE monthly education calls for our  Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative open to all. This is in collaboration with Project ECHO to implement the MNPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy Care Process Model, case review, and sharing best practices through collaboration. 

The goal of the MN Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative is for a 25% reduction in severe maternal morbidity (SMM) by February 2023 accomplished through recognition of and optimizing timely treatment of hypertensive urgency in the inpatient setting.

ECHO Schedule

12:15-1:15 pm
2nd Tuesday of every month

Optimizing care and reducing risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) during preconception and at the initial OB visit

Presenter: Tanya Melnik, MD
MHealth Fairview

Topics addressed may include:
Care in the 4th trimester, low dose aspirin, identifying stage 1 and 2 hypertension, appropriate blood pressure measurement, optimal workup of preexisting hypertension and thresholds for treatment in pregnancyLDA, how to take BPs, optimal cHTN workup, and threshold for treatment.

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Recognizing and reacting to severe hypertension in pregnancy

Presenter: Todd Stanhope, MD
North Memorial Health

Topics addressed may include:
Triaging patients with severe hypertension, treatment algorithms, hypertensive order set building, and magnesium initiation.

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Hypertension Management: The Blue Band Project

Presenter: Melissa Bray, CentraCare

Topics addressed include:
Implementation of the Blue Band Project to identify hypertensive patients and provide resources for the community 

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Management of severe hypertension – changing the culture

Presenter: Maggie Colliander, MSN, RNC-OB, CBC
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital

Topics addressed may include:
Escalation process

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Management of severe hypertension in other care settings

Presenter: LeeAnn Hubbard, MD
Health Partners

Topics addressed may include:
The rural hospital perspective and collaboration with the Emergency Department.

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Addressing inequities in hypertensive care

Presenter: Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH

Topics addressed may include:
Highlighting the BIPOC patient experience and inequity-driven differences in maternal outcomes.

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Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) management in the postpartum period

Topics addressed may include:
Standardized blood pressure management, patient discharge education, and outpatient follow-up recommendations.

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Management of severe hypertension – a multidisciplinary approach

Topics addressed may include:
Labor, delivery, recovery & postpartum nursing education, provider education, and drills & simulation.

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Transitions of care in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP)

Topics addressed may include:
Panelists’ perspective on the roles of doulas, public health nurses, community health care workers, home health agencies, and post-birth education.

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Lifelong implications of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP)

Topics addressed may include:
Long-term cardiovascular risk associated with HDP and recommendations for lifelong follow-up care.

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Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) – the patient perspective

Topics addressed may include:
The hear her campaign, and local patient panel.

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Moving the needle on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) care in Minnesota

Topics addressed may include:
The AIM hypertension bundle, home blood pressure monitoring, and other innovative ideas to help care for women with HDP in our state.

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  • What Is Project ECHO?


    Dr. Sanjeev Arora founded Project ECHO to ensure the right knowledge exists at the right place at the right time

    It all began in 2003 in New Mexico, with a mission to improve health care in rural and underserved populations, by connecting community providers and specialists to eliminate barriers to access to specialty care. With limited-to-no specialty care available in most rural areas, patients can wait for months and travel hundreds of miles to be seen by specialists in a tertiary care center. A lack of access to affordable, quality care can lead to inappropriate and costly utilization of the health system (e.g., frequent ER visits) and, more importantly, to poor health outcomes for individuals.

    Project ECHO addresses these issues by training community providers through HIPPA-compliant, technology-enabled collaborative learning to address specialty care-level health concerns in the primary care setting. Multi-disciplinary specialist teams use videoconferencing technology to conduct weekly or bi-weekly sessions with community providers to discuss specialized health care topics. During these clinics, community providers present patient cases to determine the best treatment options. This case-based learning has been shown to improve patient health outcomes and provider confidence in treating both common and complex conditions in their communities.

    There is no cost associated with participating, and the only requirements to join an ECHO session are access to a computer or mobile device with a connection to the internet. 

  • Current ECHO Series

    Presentation & Recordings

    MNPQC ECHO Session 10/12/2021

  • Benefits of Joining

    Project ECHO

    Through telementoring, our expert team uses a knowledge-sharing approach to lead case reviews, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities. All healthcare professionals are welcome.

    • Receive assistance with implementation of guidelines from The Joint Commission into the
      healthcare system using information gained from prior learning collaboratives and tools created
      by MNPQC.
    • Access to participate in educational activities offering continuing education (CME/CE) credits.
    • Access to Project ECHO for quality improvement education.
    • Receive quality improvement analysis of your organization/facility data with comparators to regional/state/national reports.
  • Hypertension Resources

    Project ECHO

    Hypertension Data Collection Tool

    To view other most current hypertension resources, please visit our initiative homepage:

  • FAQs & Support

    Project ECHO

    What does ‘ECHO’ stand for?
    Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

    Can patients make an appointment with Project ECHO?
    Project ECHO is not for patients; instead, Project ECHO is an educational tool for health care providers and students. Participants in Project ECHO can present their clinical cases to our specialists or simply join other providers in the spirit of learning and professional development (similar to Grand Rounds).

    Project ECHO partners include, but are not limited to: physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, mental health professionals, doulas, and
    community health workers.

    How can I join Project ECHO?
    To register to participate in Project ECHO with MNPQC, please register for each session above, or contact us at

    How much does it cost to join Project ECHO?
    There is no cost associated with participating in Project ECHO with MNPQC.

    For other questions or comments, please contact us at

Join Project ECHO!

Through telementoring, our expert team uses a knowledge-sharing approach to lead case reviews, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities. All healthcare professionals are welcome.