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College of Public Health

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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Quality Improvement Methods 



Quality Improvement Training for Perinatal Professionals
Target Audience: Obstetric and neonatal physicians, midwives, nurses, administrators, educators, and hospital quality improvement teams. Anyone working in the perinatal field is invited to attend, but the emphasis will be on hospital QI.

Commitment: Attendance by an inter-professional team (min. 3 team members) on 5 one-hour virtual educational sessions, held over a 10-week period of time. 


Training Session Topics: 

  • Identifying the problem 
  • Developing process maps 
  • Creating key driver diagrams 
  • Understanding types of data and determining measures 
  • Prioritization matrices 
  • Generating solutions and sustaining change 
  • Understanding variation and creating PDSA cycles  

Participant Requirements: Must attend in project teams of at least 3 people per site, and must complete training session pre-work, commit to attend all 5 virtual sessions, and complete homework. Trainers will be available after each virtual session to assist teams, and can provide technical assistance between sessions. 

Pre-Work: Identify any small scope (~6 month) QI problem statement. We recommend your project be a sub-section of a larger QI project (for example, 1 piece of the MORE, PROVIDE, PAIRED, or other QI project).



Maya Balakrishnan, MD, CSSBB. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, USF.  Director of Quality and Safety, USF GME. Associate Director of Clinical and Quality Management, FPQC.

Karen Fugate MSN, RNC-NIC CPHQ. Performance Improvement Specialist, Tampa General Hospital


Feedback from past attendees:

  •  “[They] made sure we understood each piece of the process—if there was any question, we would work it out as a total group which helped all learn.”
  •  “The trainers were extremely knowledgeable, willing to assist with individual projects, and provided a safe environment to learn.”
  • “The training is particularly useful when it is based on an actual issue or project in the team’s unit. After two days, they come out with a well-defined and constructed QI project to work on to improve their unit.”
  • "[Provided] informative and in-depth information for creating and participating in QI projects."


QI Resources

QI Bootcamp Sneak Peek - Video Snippet

Dr. Maya Balakrishnan provides a quick introduction on how to use Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles for your Quality Improvement project. 
Karen Fugate, QI Specialist, provides a quick introduction on how to prioritize elements of your Quality Improvement project through use of a prioritization matrix.