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Interdisciplinary and multi-professional quality improvement (QI) initiatives that promote continuous, population- and evidence-based practices have been shown to improve perinatal health outcomes. This two day, educational program is designed to expand the knowledge and skill base for perinatal health care practitioners in a range of vocations and specialties as well as other perinatal health-related professionals in the identification of QI opportunities, the planning and implementation of QI initiatives and the advancement of evidence-based practices at the institutional, community, and state levels
Hospitals that work collaboratively on quality improvement projects, protocols, clinical education, and research achieve greater gains in improving health care for mothers and babies (Reisner & Landers 2010, Lee et al 2014). As increasing attention is paid to health care quality and improving outcomes, the need for the FPQC conference is greater than ever. The information, strategies, and team building to be shared via this conference will help address the gaps in knowledge and practice among Florida perinatal clinicians on revised national standards on OB safety, promoting patient/family engagement, monitoring QI efforts, addressing disparities in care, and approaches to improving preterm infant outcomes through feeding techniques.
As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:
Learning objectives apply to all professions in the target audience.
Paula Meier is the director for clinical research and lactation in the neonatal intensive care unit and is a professor of women, children and family nursing and a professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the area of human milk, lactation and breastfeeding for premature infants and their mothers since 1975. Meier has conducted numerous externally-funded research and demonstration projects, and currently serves as the principal investigator for a 5-year, $2.76 million, NIH-funded study, “Health Outcomes and Cost of Human Milk Feedings for Very Low Birthweight Infants.” She has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and serves as a member of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation and of the Health Advisory Council for LaLeche League, International.
Maren Batalden, MD, MPH is Associate Chief Quality Officer, Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education for Quality and Safety, and Director of Medical Management within the Accountable Care Organization at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes a network of primary care clinics, three emergency departments, two community hospitals, comprehensive behavioral health services, and a public health department. Dr. Batalden provides leadership for improvement initiatives in the domains of inpatient care, care transitions, and cross-continuum population health projects for patients with chronic disease. She is clinically active as a hospitalist and is engaged in teaching quality, safety and systems improvement to undergraduate, graduate, and mid-career health professional learners. In all of her work – as a practicing clinician, as an educator, and as a leader of institutional change projects, she is interested in using the lens of co-production to catalyze more effective partnership between patients and health professionals. She is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Melanie “BZ” Giese is Director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Boasting a combined 37 years of experience in the health industry, Ms. Giese has worked in the private and public health care sector with experience in hospital, pharmaceutical company and state government settings. Currently, she serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Maternity Action Team, the Executive Board of the March of Dimes, and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Diabetes Initiative; she is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health & Policy. Ms. Giese graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse.
Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination, and Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Dr. Rasmussen joined the CDC in 1998 and since then, has provided significant scientific expertise and leadership. She held several positions in the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities including Medical Officer, Associate Director for Science, and Senior Scientist. While there, she worked collaboratively with other experts across CDC on pandemic planning efforts for pregnant women, and these efforts guided CDC recommendations for pregnant women during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. From 2011-2014, she served as Deputy Director of the Influenza Coordination Unit, which is responsible for CDC’s pandemic influenza preparedness from strategy through implementation. Most recently, Dr. Rasmussen served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), the office responsible for CDC's public health preparedness and response activities, including CDC’s Emergency Operations Center.
On Friday April 28th there will be two break out sessions, each with 4 concurrent discussion sections.
Morning Breakout Session:
Due Date: February 20, 2017
The 2017 annual conference committee invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation on the design, implementation, lessons learned, and results of a maternal and/or infant quality improvement project in your institution.
The poster competition offers an opportunity to share your work and experiences with colleagues and a chance to win an award. Click here to view last year's winning poster.
Poster abstract acceptance is competitive. Please review these helpful resources:
Abstracts must include the following sections:
In the body of your e-mail submission, please include the following:
Send abstracts as an email attachment to Bobbi Rose firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive a reply that your abstract was received within a day or two. If you do not hear back, please call Bobbi at 813-974-6158. Decisions by the abstract review committee are expected by early March; notification will be by email.
Poster presenters must register to attend the conference. The program does not provide any support for poster presenters.
1 Day Pre-Conference Session: April 26, 2017
Training Session Topics:
|Registration Options||Early Bird
(Through April 5)
(April 6 and onward)
|Full Conference with Group Discount*
(Per person with a team of 4 or more)
|Single Day:□ Thurs or □ Fri||$195||$230|
*All the group members must register on the same day. The discount is only available during the Early Bird registration period.
The ‘Early Bird’ registration fee is valid for any registrations before April 6. The ‘Regular’ registration fee is valid for any registrations made on or after April 6, 2017.
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Payment must be made online by credit card at the time of registration, or by check/bank transfer after receipt of a payment voucher.
Single Day conference fee provides access to the activities and continuing education credits as applicable to the day's events.
Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax or e-mail to email@example.com and received by April 5, 2017 in order to receive a refund. A $75 cancellation fee will be assessed to cover administrative costs. There are no refunds for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after April 5th, however, substitutions are welcome without penalty. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the conference for any refunds.
USF Health Ofifce of Continuing Professional Development reserves the right to cancel this activity due to unforeseen circumstances, in which the full registration will be refunded. In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, USF Health will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the participant.
Confirmations and Payment Policy
Confirmation will occur upon completion of the online registration. Note: Your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received. Please be sure payment has been made before the first day of the conference.
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Activity Director: William Sappenfield
Program Development and Program Faculty - information coming soon.
USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflicts of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled / unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.
USF is an Equal Opportunity / Equal Access Institution/ Affirmative Action Institution.
For disability accommodations contact USF HPCC at 813-224-7860, or email Bobbi Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance.
The evaluation process is a critical component in our strategy to offer excellence in our future conferences and to ensure we are addressing the educational needs of our audience. Your comments and feedback make a difference! Please complete the evaluation. In addition, we measure the outcome of the education using a post‐event survey sent via email. The results of this survey are equally important as we need to know if the education made a difference, be it in awareness, practice change, health outcomes, or all the above. Please complete the survey when it comes to your inbox approximately 2 months after the conclusion of the conference.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this meeting at a special rate of $120 + applicable tax, currently at 12%. (Room rate + tax equals $134.40 per night.) Rates are based on single / double occupancy. The deadline date to obtain the group rate is April 5, 2017. The block of rooms may be sold out before the deadline date for the group rate.
Don’t delay making your hotel reservation. Hotel parking is complimentary.
Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Conference Coordinator: Bobbi Rose, email@example.com (813) 974-6158
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