Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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FPQC 2020 Annual Conference


The 9th Annual Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Conference 

April 16-17, 2020

Tampa, FL

FPQC Community,

The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Annual Conference, scheduled for April 16-17, 2020 in Tampa, FL has been cancelled due to the growing public health concerns related to the coronavirus.

Many of our invited speakers and attendees, as members of the academic public health and healthcare communities, are having their travel restricted, and the University of South Florida has released new guidelines restricting travel and conferences.

We regret this as we were looking forward to what we anticipated as a stellar conference. We are working on ways to hold virtual web events and recordings on our important QI topics throughout the year. We are rescheduling the conference for April 2021, and will announce the date as soon as possible.

We wish you and your families the best of health.



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.   


Target Audience


National Speakers

Medical Director and Executive Committee Chair
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University

Professor of Pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill 
Director, Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina
University of North Carolina Hospitals

Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative
Harvard’s Ariadne Labs

Director of Quality and Safety for Women's Services, TriHealth
Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and OB Expert Clinician, Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Medical Director, HOPE Program

  • Registration Information

    Registration Fees

    Registration Option

    Early Bird

    (through Mar 15)


    (Mar 15-Apr 15)

    On Site
     Full Conference: Nurse / Community Member  $320 $360 $375
     Full Conference: Physician $370 $415 $450

     Single Day: Nurse / Community

    (note Thursday or Friday when registering)

     $180 $190 $200

     Single Day: Physician

    (note Thursday or Friday when registering)

    $225 $250 $275

     Full Conference, group discount*

    (per person for team of 4 or more; Early Bird registration period only)

     -$20 n/a n/a
     Full Time Students (with proof) $200 $200 $220
     Residents/Fellows $250 $250 $270

    *It is preferred that the team of 4 or more register the same day. The discount is available only during the Early Bird registration period. Enter code FPQC-TEAM in the field for "Discount Code".


    How to Register

    Click Here to Register

    You must register online. If you do not use the registration link above, go to https://health.usf.edu/cpd. Click on Course Offerings across the top.  Click on Live Activities to the left.  Scroll down to find The 9th Annual Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Conference. Click on the button Sign in to Register. Follow prompts. 



    1. Pay by Credit Card Online:  A payment confirmation will be emailed to the participant.
    2. Pay by Check:  After registering online, a payment voucher with instructions will be emailed to the participant.  Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. 

    Please Note:  Payment will not be accepted onsite.  Checks must be made payable to USF HPCC (USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation). Federal ID number is 16-1765073. Only US Dollars are accepted. A $25 fee will be charged on any returned checks.   Mail the payment form with an enclosed check, in USD, to: USF Health Professions Conferencing Corp. Attn: BH2020181 PO Box 628263 Orlando, FL 32862-8263


    Conference Registration Fee Includes (per participant):

    • Attendance at the conference
    • Continuing education credit as applicable
    • Exhibits as applicable
    • Poster viewing
    • Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks each day
    • Conference syllabus and handouts
    • Networking opportunities

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

  • Call for Posters

    Call for QI and Community Collaboration Poster Abstracts
    Due Date: No later than March 9, 2020

    The 2020 annual conference committee invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation that demonstrates either:

    1. Strong community collaboration in improving services for mothers and infants, or
    2. The design, implementation, lessons learned, and results of a maternal and/or infant quality improvement project in your institution. 

    Community collaboration posters should be structured as outlined below, with an overall emphasis on how structured collaboration between community partners has improved care in your community for both mothers and infants.

    The poster competition offers an opportunity to share your work and experiences with colleagues and a chance to win an award. 

    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 email 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 email address
    5. Contact person. If it is someone other than the author, please note.

    Send abstracts as an email attachment to Bobbi Rose, nrose@usf.edu.

  • Agenda

    This agenda is subject to change.

    Thursday, April 16, 2020

    8 AM - 4:30 PM

    • Breakfast
    • Welcome (Scott Rivkees, MD, Florida Surgeon General)
    • State of the FPQC (Bill Sappenfield, MD, MPH, Director of the FPQC)
    • Growing a Family with Dignity (Neel Shah, MD)
    • Partnering with Patients and Families (Martin McCaffrey, MD)
    • Networking Lunch
    • Poster Viewing
    • Supporting Vaginal Birth and Reducing Primary Cesareans: California’s Successful Multi-strategy / Multi-stakeholder Approach (Elliott Main, MD)
    • Medicaid Birth Outcomes Panel


    Friday, April 17, 2020

    8 AM - 3 PM
    • Breakfast
    • Partnering to Help Women with Opioid Use Disorder Reach Their Goals (Michael Marcotte, MD)
    • Presentation of Awards
    • Poster Viewing
    • Morning Break Out Sessions
      • Early Steps and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
      • Practical Approaches to Supporting Women with OUD from a Mom-Patient Perspective
      • Perinatal Quality Indicators (FPQC Data Team)
    • Networking Lunch
    • Afternoon Break Out Sessions
      • Community Mapping for Opioid Issues
      • Engaging Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Principles and Practice
      • Family Centered Care in the NICU


  • Learning Objectives

    As a result of participation in this activity, the learner 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.
  • Continuing Education / Accreditation

    Certificates of Attendance or certificates of continuing education credit are obtained online after the event.


    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 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Physicians FBM (Florida Board of Medicine):
    USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for physicians through FBM 50-2970. This program has been approved for 11.5 contact hours.

    Nurses FBN (Florida):
    USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through FBN 50-2970. This program has been approved for 11.5 contact hours.
    Certified in Public Health (CPH):
    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 12 CPH credits.

    This information provided at this CME/CNE 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

  • Location and Accomodations


    700 N. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609


    A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this meeting at a special rate of $145+ tax, currently at 13.5%. (Room rate + tax equals $164.58 per night.) Rates are based on single / double occupancy.

    The deadline date to obtain the group rate is March 31, 2020. The block of rooms may be sold out before the deadline date for the group rate. Don’t delay making your hotel reservation.

    Reservation Methods:
    • Call central reservations department 800-465-4329 and provide the Block Code "P Q C" in order to receive the group rate.


    Online Reservations: Enter dates of arrival (assume 04/15/2020) and departure (assume 04/17/2020). The group rate of $145 should show. The group code of PQC should auto-fill. Rate must be “Best Available”

    Hotel parking is complimentary. 

    Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    Ground Transportation from TPA:
    • 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 where to go to meet the van.
    • Car Rental: Tampa Airport has many rental cars available. Hotel parking is complimentary.

  • Payment Policies and Disclosure

    Cancellation and Refund Policies

    Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax 813-224-7864 or email to cpdsupport@health.usf.edu and received before March 25, 2020 in order to receive a refund. A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed to cover administrative costs. There are no refunds for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after March 25. However, substitutions are welcome without penalty. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the conference for any refunds.   USF Health Office 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

    • USF HPCC, Office of Continuing Professional Development, cpdsupport@health.usf.edu or 813-224-7860
    • Conference Coordinator, Bobbi Rose, nrose@usf.edu or 813-974-6158  


    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 nrose@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.


    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 conflict(s) 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.

  • Exhibitors

    Interested in Exhibiting: Contact conference coordinator Bobbi Rose, nrose@usf.edu or call 813-974-6158.
Every year more than 200 perinatal health care workers and advocates convene in Tampa for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) Annual Conference. As increasing attention is paid to health care quality and improving outcomes, the need for the FPQC conference is greater than ever.