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FPQC Presents State and County Fact Sheets at Florida Prematurity Summit
On November 10, 2015, Florida March of Dimes partners met to hold an inaugural Prematurity Summit at the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa.  Dr. Charles Lockwood, Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior Vice-President for USF Health, co-chaired the event with Dr. Mary Peeples-Sheps, former […]
Florida’s Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative Launched
The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s latest project aimed at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality has begun.  The focus of the Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative is to improve proper screening, diagnosis, and management of hypertensive disorders related to pregnancy. The project will emphasize timely recognition, a quick and organized response to severe hypertension cases, and proper patient […]
Brand New Quality Improvement Training for Perinatal Care Providers
On October 27 and 28, 2015, the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative piloted a brand new training in quality improvement for maternal and neonatal health care providers. Developed by FPQC quality improvement leads Dr. Maya Balakrishnan and Dr. Karen Bruder, the curriculum incorporates Institute for Healthcare Improvement philosophy and TeamSTEPPS methodology to train care providers on […]


Welcome to the website of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) at The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies! This site was developed to be a comprehensive tool for a professional audience interested in vital perinatal health issues in Florida.

Through this site, I have the great pleasure of presenting the remarkable progress we have achieved in a relatively short time period. I have not seen such a rapid, successful impact on the health care quality of our mothers and babies over the 40 years I have spent dealing with the perinatal health care system in Florida.

Please take some time to become familiar with this site and make it your home for information on effective perinatal collaborative processes that have been created in Florida through the help of the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health. Remember, the FPQC would not be possible without you – striving to ensure "Healthy Mothers and Babies!"

John S. Curran, MD
Associate Vice President of Faculty and Academic Affairs, USF Health
Senior Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, USF’s Morsani College of Medicine
Co-Director, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative


With a seed grant from the March of Dimes and the support of partners statewide, the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative was established in 2010. The purpose for founding the FPQC was to improve Florida’s maternal and infant health outcomes through the delivery of high quality, evidence-based perinatal care. In order to achieve this goal, the FPQC consists of statewide partnerships with perinatal-related organizations, individuals, health professionals, advocates, policymakers, hospitals and payers (FPQC stakeholders). These stakeholders have been working voluntarily in data-driven, population-based, quality improvement (QI) processes focused on some of the most critical perinatal health issues in Florida. Led by a Steering Committee and a Leadership Team, the FPQC engages all of its stakeholders to identify the priority perinatal QI issues and to determine which initiatives are appropriate, feasible, engaging, measurable and supportable.

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 specialists involved with perinatal-related health care. Additionally, the FPQC wants to enhance this unique culture further by encouraging advocates, policymakers, payers and any other professionals concerned with perinatal health issues to communicate their distinctive perspectives within the Collaborative. By promoting this teamwork, information sharing and diversity across disciplines and professions, the FPQC continues to move forward towards achieving its vision of delivering the highest quality of health care outcomes for Florida’s mothers and infants.

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