Frequently Asked Question
The FPQC is a comprehensive collaboration of perinatal health-related practitioners from a variety of professions and specialties, statewide organizations, individuals, advocates, educators, policymakers, hospitals and payers. These stakeholders work voluntarily to implement quality improvement projects and provide evidence-based perinatal care to promote better outcomes for mothers and babies in Florida.
The FPQC was created to begin improving Florida’s maternal and infant health outcomes through the delivery of continuous, data-driven, population-based, quality improvement initiatives with a focus on some of the most critical perinatal health issues in Florida.
QI initiatives are multidisciplinary, systems-focused, data-driven methods of understanding and improving the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of health processes and care outcomes. QI initiatives are utilized to reduce quality gaps (differences between health care processes or outcomes observed in practice and those potentially obtainable based on current evidence-based knowledge) for groups of patients.*
*Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2004.
- Engage perinatal health care stakeholders in the design, implementation and evaluation of data-driven processes for population- and evidence-based, value-added, cost-effective perinatal health care quality improvement efforts that enhance patient safety outcomes.
- Encourage perinatal health care providers to educate and empower families and patients to become involved for their own well-being as well as for the welfare of their communities.
- Build and sustain consensus, awareness and support across the state and nation regarding the value and benefits of active engagement with the FPQC in proposing, researching, selecting and launching new quality improvement initiatives.
- Become a nationally-recognized leader and role model in perinatal health care advancements through our effective evidence-based protocols for a variety of quality improvement processes.
- Acquire the financial resources necessary for the ongoing development and sustainment of the FPQC.
The FPQC seeks to create an all-inclusive culture of cooperation and transparency across the specialties of obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics and all fields engaged in maternal and infant health care by bringing together the specific expertise of physicians, nurses, nurse-midwives and all other practitioners involved in perinatal health outcomes. Additionally, the FPQC wants to enhance this unique culture further by encouraging advocates, policymakers, payers and any other professionals concerned with perinatal health issues in Florida to communicate their distinctive perspectives within the Collaborative.
The FPQC includes two Subcommittees: Maternal Health Advisory, and the Infant Health Advisory. To learn more about the specific duties of each Subcommittee, please visit the “Governance and Structure” web page within the “Organization” section of the website.
The FPQC encourages collaboration and information sharing amongst our different stakeholders from physicians to nurses and advocates to payers. We would like to advance this inter-professional approach within our Subcommittees. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of the Subcommittees listed under the “Governance and Structure” web page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, profession, affiliation and the name of the Subcommittee you would like to join.
Only online applications are accepted. Membership fees may be paid by credit card. (Visa, MasterCard and American Express only)
To apply online, please visit: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/chiles/fpqc/membership.htm
Major financial supporters for our QI initiatives include the March of Dimes, the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Blue Foundation, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.