Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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Sixth Annual FPQC Conference


FPQC Conference

Provided by: USF Health

Course Description | Audience | National Speakers | Agenda | Break-Out Sessions | Posters | Pre-Conference QI Training | Accreditation | Registration Fees | Register | What Is Included | Policies | Faculty | Faculty Disclosure | Disabilities/EO | Evaluation & Measures | Hotel Venue | Exhibitors | Contact Information

Course Description


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.

Learning Objectives
As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Plan perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings.
  • Lead or participate in a perinatal quality improvement team in the clinical setting.
  • Implement perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings.
  • Evaluate perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings.
  • Recognize opportunities for improving the quality of perinatal care in community and clinical settings.
  • Advance national, state and community health policy aimed at improving perinatal health care.

Learning objectives apply to all professions in the target audience.

Target Audience

Target Audience

National Speakers

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.

Dr. Blackmore received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 1989 and her PhD in arbovirus epidemiology from University of Notre Dame in 1996. She joined the Florida Department of Health in 1998. During her time with the Department she has served in various technical, managerial and leadership positions at the interphase of human, animal and environmental health (One Health). She first served as a Regional Epidemiologist stationed at the Jacksonville Laboratory. In 2003 she moved to Tallahassee and assumed the role as Florida’s State Public Health Veterinarian. She has also served as Chief for the Bureau of Environmental Public Health Medicine, State Environmental Epidemiologist, Interim Chief of Environmental Health and Interim State Epidemiologist. Since September 2013, she serves as the Deputy State Epidemiologist. In July 2014, she became the Chief for Bureau of Public Health Laboratories and in March 2016 she was appointed the Acting Director of Division of Disease Control and Health Protection. She chairs the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Vector-borne Disease Subcommittee. Working closely with other state, national and international experts, she has co-authored numerous scientific and policy related documents on vector-borne diseases and other One Health related topics. 

Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 27th Sessions

8 AM             Breakfast and Registration

9 AM             Welcome and State of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative
                    William Sappenfield, MD, MPH

9:55 AM        Empowering Patients from Hospital to Home
                     Heather Barrow

11:15 AM      Health Outcomes and Cost of Human Milk Feedings for Premature Infants        
                    with Implications for Donor Human Milk
                    Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN

12:30 PM      Networking Lunch

1:30 PM        Poster Walk

2 PM             Zika: What We Know and What We Don't Know
                     Sonja Rasmussen, MD
                     Zika: The Florida Perspective
                     Carina Blackmore, MS Vet Med, PhD

3 PM             Challenges with the Periviable Infant
                     Panelists: Emily Carbone; Rex Northup, MD; Cole Greves, MD; William Liu, MD

4:15 PM        Adjourn for the day


Friday, April 28th Sessions

8 AM            Registration and Breakfast

8:55 AM       Welcome

9 AM            South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative: Action and Results
                    for LARCs Immediate Postpartum
                    BZ Giese, BSN, RN

10:10 AM     Presentation of the John Curran Quality Improvement Award

10:45 AM     Morning Concurrent Break Out Session (see Break Outs below)

12 PM           Networking Lunch

1 PM             Afternoon Concurrent Break Out Session (See Break Outs below)

2:45 PM        Co-Producing Care with Patients and Families
                     Maren Batalden, MD

3:50 PM        Wrap-Up and Poster Award

4 PM             Adjourn

Networking Opportunities: Enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with friends and network with colleagues during the poster walk and extended lunch breaks.

Break-Out Sessions

On Friday April 28th there will be two break out sessions, each with 4 concurrent discussion sections.

Morning Breakout Session:

  • FPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy Initiative
  • Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • FPQC Mother's Own Milk in the NICU Initiative
  • Postpartum Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC)
Afternoon Breakout Session:
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • FPQC Perinatal Quality Indicator System
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Supporting Vaginal Birth Skills for Nurses

Call for Posters

Call for Poster Abstracts

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:

  1. Abstract Title
  2. Each author's names, degrees, and institution
  3. Background and Purpose (problem statement or hypothesis as appropriate)
  4. Program, Materials, or Methodology (also include any barriers to implementation and how they have been overcome)
  5. Impact or Results (major accomplishments of the project, qualitative and quantitative data, evidence-based results, impact on patients/families, costs, and any health-related outcomes)

In the body of your e-mail submission, please include the following:

  1. Title of abstract
  2. Authors' names, credentials, position title (please note if you are a resident)
  3. Name of institution and address (city and state)
  4. Phone and E-mail address
  5. Contact person. If it is someone other than the author, please note.

Send abstracts as an email attachment to Bobbi Rose brose@health.usf.edu

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.

Pre-Conference QI Training

New This Year! 

Quality Improvement Methods Training
for Perinatal Care Providers 

1 Day Pre-Conference Session: April 26, 2017

Holiday Inn Westshore, Tampa, FL 

This session has been approved for 6 nursing contact hours.

Training Session Topics:

  • Identifying the Problem 
  • Developing Process Maps 
  • Creating Key Driver Diagrams 
  • Understanding Types of Data and Determining Measures 
  • Prioritization Matrices 
  • Understanding Variation and Creating PDSA cycles 

Register for the Pre-Conference QI Training Here

Registration Information: There is a separate registration for this training than the conference. This training is offered at no cost for hospital teams. This training is designed for teams of at least 3 people; you must register and attend as a team. Your team must have a small-scope QI project identified in advance. There is a maximum for this event; please register your team early.

For questions regarding this training, please contact FPQC@health.usf.edu

Read about past FPQC QI Methods Trainings. 


Download the Accreditation Statement 
Physicians: USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses FBN (Florida): USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through FBN 50-2970. This program has been approved for 10 contact hours.

Public Health: The College of Public Health at the University of South Florida is an approved provider of Certified in Public Health Continuing Education Credit (CPHCE) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. This event offers 10 CPH credits.
Certificates of attendance or certificate of continuing education credit are obtained online after the event.
Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME/CE activity is for continuing education purposes only and not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.
Competencies to be addressed:
Patient Care; Medical knowledge; Practice-based learning and improvement; Systems-based practice; Professionalism; Interpersonal and communication skills

Registration Fees

 Registration Options Early Bird
(Through April 5) 
(April 6 and onward) 
Full Conference  $280  $355 
Full Conference with Group Discount*
(Per person with a team of 4 or more) 
$255  N/A 
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. 

Register for the Conference

Online Registration Only
Click this link to go directly to the conference registration system.  

Payment must be made online by credit card at the time of registration, or by check/bank transfer after receipt of a payment voucher. 

Conference Registration Fee Includes (Per Participant):


  • Attendance at the Conference
  • Continuing education credit as applicable
  • Exhibits as applicable
  • Poster walk
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks each day
  • The Conference syllabus/handouts which may be hard copy or electronic

Single Day conference fee provides access to the activities and continuing education credits as applicable to the day's events.

Cancellation, Confirmation and Payment Policies

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax or e-mail to cpdsupport@health.usf.edu 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.

If paying by credit card, do so during the online registration process. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. If paying by check, make check payable to USF HPCC. The address for checks is mentioned earlier in the document. Payment is in US dollars only.

Questions or Assistance

Conference Faculty

Activity Director: William Sappenfield

Program Development and Program Faculty - information coming soon.

Faculty Disclosure

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.

Accommodations for Disabilities/Equal Opportunity

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 brose@health.usf.edu a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance.

Course Evaluation and Outcomes Measures

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.

Conference Location and Accommodations

700 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 289-8200

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.

Reservation Methods

  • Call: 1-813-289-8200 and identify yourself as belonging to the USF or FPQC group in order to receive the group rate.
  • Online: https://tinyurl.com/FPQChotel
    • Enter dates of arrival (assume 04/26/2017) and departure (assume 04/28/2016)
    • The group rate of $120 should show. The group code of PQC should auto-fill. Rate must be “Best Available”

Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Ground Transportation:

  • Shuttle - The hotel has a complimentary shuttle. Call the hotel (813-289-8200) once you are at baggage claim. The hotel representative will instruct you as where to go to meet the van.
  • Car Rental - Tampa Airport has many rental cars available. Hotel parking is complimentary.


Conference Coordinator: Bobbi Rose, brose@health.usf.edu (813) 974-6158

Questions or Assistance 

Conference Coordinator, Bobbi Rose brose@health.usf.edu 813-974-6158 

Office of Continuing Professional Development cpdsupport@health.usf.edu or 813-224-7860