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College of Public Health

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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FPQC 2021

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 online 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.   

Virtual Conference - April 15 and 16, 2021 - 1 PM-4:30 PM ET

Day 1 Topics

  • Making Your OB Practice a Safe Place (Respectful Care for All Mothers)
  • Promoting Maternal Health Equity: The Louisiana Experience
  • Building Trustworthy Systems for Childbirth: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
  • State of the FPQC

Day 2 Topics

  • Health Disparities in Skin-to-Skin Care
  • Refining Family-Centered Care to Improve Neonatal and Family Outcomes
  • Health Equity in NICU Care
  • What’s in Your NICU Toolbox?

Maternal Health Speakers

Director of Quality for Women's Services and Associate Professor, Ochsner Health
Medical Director, Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative and PAMR Louisiana Department of Health 

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
Founder and Executive Director, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.
Creator of The JJ Way
Founder, National Perinatal Task Force

Infant Health Speakers

Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Chair, Division Neonatal Medicine
Director, Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Training Program

Director of Data Science, Vermont Oxford Network
Research Associate Professor, Statistics and Pediatrics, University of Vermont
Professor & Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of Neonatology. UF Jacksonville
Immediate Past Chair, AAP, Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology Division, UF Jacksonville

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neonatal Services, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies 

  • Target Audience

    Target Audience
  • Registration Information

    Registration Fees

    Registration Option
    Early Bird (through Mar 31)
    Regular (April 1 and on)
     Full Conference: Nurse/Community member  $80  $95
     Full Conference: Physician  $90 $115
     Single Day: Nurse/Community member $50  $60
     Single Day: Physician $60  $77

    If you register for a Single Day, note Thursday or Friday when registering.



    You must be registered through the Office of Continuing Professional Development at


    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: 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: CP2021xxx1186
    PO Box 628263
    Orlando, FL 32862-8263

    Conference Registration Fee Includes (per participant)
    • Attendance at the virtual conference
    • Continuing education credit as applicable (Florida Board of Nursing; Certified Public Health)
    • Electronic Conference syllabus and any handouts.

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

  • Agenda

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    1 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern

    Maternal Health Topics (start times are approximate)

      1:00 PM        Welcome and State of the FPQC William Sappenfield
      1:25 PM     Making Your OB Practice a Safe Place (Respectful Care for All Mothers)     
    Jennie Joseph
      2:20 PM     Promoting Maternal Health Equity: The Louisiana Experience  Veronica Gillispie-Bell
      3:15 PM     Building Trustworthy Systems for Childbirth  Neel Shah
      4:05 PM     Maternal Health Day Wrap-Up  


    Friday, April 16, 2021

    1 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern

    Infant Health Topics (start times are approximate)

       1:00 PM        Welcome    
      1:05 PM     Health Disparities in Skin-to-Skin Care: Closing the Gap    Karen Hendricks-Munoz
      2:00 PM     Refining Family-Centered Care to Improve Neonatal and Family Outcomes     Mark Hudak and Colby Day Richardson
      2:55 PM     What's in your NICU Toolbox? Susan Bowles
      3:15 PM     Health Equity in NICU Care Erika Edwards
      4:05 PM     Infant Health Day Wrap-Up  

  • Continuing Education / Accreditation and Learning Objectives


    Continuing Education / Accreditation

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

    Nurses FBN (Florida):

    USF Health (provider number 2970) is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through Florida Board of Nursing. This activity has been approved for 5.5 contact hours.

    Certified in Public Health (CPH):

    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 5 CPH credits, if attendance is both days. Single days are 2 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


    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.

  • Payment Policies and Disclosures

    Cancellation and Refund Policies

    Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax 813-224-7864 or email to and received before March 25, 2021 in order to receive a refund. A $25 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.

    Questions or Assistance

    USF HPCC, Office of Continuing Professional Development, or 813-224-7860

    Conference Coordinator, Bobbi Rose, 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 a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance.


    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. 

    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.

As increasing attention is paid to health care quality and improving outcomes, the need for the FPQC conference is greater than ever.