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Steering Committee

MNPQC's Steering Committee consists of healthcare providers, professional leadership, and community stakeholders. It's functions include: 

  • Review of current data, trends, and research on best practices to inform quality improvement initiatives.
  • Promotion and support of quality improvement initiatives aimed at reducing inequities.
  • Providing leadership to MNPQC initiatives.
  • Providing a forum to discuss state-specific system and policy issues to guide quality improvement efforts.
  • Seeks funding opportunities that address a system wide approach.
  • Reaches providers and institutions in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and coordinated effort across system organizations.

2021 meeting dates are as follows:
January 8th, April 9th, July 9th, October 8th

An in-person meeting will be held in conjunction with the MPO/MNPQC fall conference. Conference dates: November 15-16, 2021 Location: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park MN. Meeting date/time TBD.

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

Name Organization
Susan Boehm MNPQC Executive Branch
Melissa Bray-Erickson CentraCare Health / Association of Women's Health, Obstetrical & Neonatal Nurses, MN Section
Nathan Chomilo Minnesota Department of Human Services
Kirsten Coverstone Minnesota Department of Health
Rebekah Dunlap doula
Elizabeth Elfstrand MN Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Christina Falgier Essentia Health
Karen Fogg MNPQC Executive Branch
Ann Forster Page MN Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives
Jamie Galbreath Minnesota Council of Health Plans
Monet Goodreault Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
Genny Grilli Minnesota Department of Health
Bonnie Hansen Minnesota Perinatal Organization
Lisa Johnson Sanford Health
Gretchen Karstens MN Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Alina Kraynak Minnesota Department of Health
Katie Linde Minnesota Department of Health
Matthew Loichinger MNPQC Executive Branch
Regina Marino Minnesota Department of Health
Leslie Morrison Association of Women's Health, Obstetrical & Neonatal Nurses, MN Section
Anna Mueller Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association
Fritz Ohnsorg Department of Human Services
Erin Plummer MNPQC Executive Branch
Phillip Rauk MNPQC Executive Branch
Mira Sheff Minnesota Department of Health
Arielle Skalisky MN Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives
Jaime Slaughter-Acey University of Minnesota
Todd Stanhope MNPQC Executive Branch
Abby Stoffel Minnesota Hospital Association
Jennifer Tessmer-Tuck North Memorial
Anne Walaszek MNPQC Executive Branch
Sara Wiggins Black Nurses Association
Andrea Winter Park Nicollett
Yasuko Yamamura MHealth Fairview
Past Members
Name Organization
Alicia Belay March of Dimes
Katherine Cairns MN Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Susan Castellano Minnesota Department of Health
Tania Daniels Minnesota Hospital Association
Melissa DeBilzan MN Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Jackie Dionne Tribal Liaison MN Department of Health
Julia Dreier MN Council of Health Plans
Susan Gehlsen Association of Women's Health, Ostetric & Neonatal Nurses, MN Section
Brian Hall Minnesota Hospital Association
Susan Klammer Minnesota Hospital Association
Sarah McCullough MN Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives
Carrie Neerland MN Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives
Tracy O'Brien MN Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives
Jean Rainbow Minnesota Department of Health
Jeff Schiff Department of Human Services
Jenny Schoenecker Minnesota Hospital Association
Angie Thies formerly Minnesota Perinatal Organization / March of Dimes

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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