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MNPQC In the Know

February 2022

MNPQC Maternal Hypertension Project ECHO Series

The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is hosting a Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative in collaboration with Project ECHO.
Register for our next ECHO session on February 8, 2022 @ 12:15-1:15 PM

A system-wide Model for Management of Severe Hypertension: lessons learned & opportunities for continued improvement.

Dr. LeeAnn Hubbard, Ob/Gyn at HealthPartners, will share three key learning objectives:
  1. Share a process for system alignment on perinatal HTN
  2. Provide lessons learned and outcome measurement tools
  3. Discuss continued improvement opportunities

This webinar series is free and open to all interested! Visit our website to register and learn more.

Partner Spotlight

Wayside Recovery Center
Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services for Women, Children, and Families
For over 65 years, Wayside Recovery Center has improved the lives of more than 32,000 women and 6,100 children in Minnesota impacted by trauma and addiction.
At Wayside, all women are empowered with the tools they need to overcome addiction and trauma and regain a life of recovery and wellbeing. We provide complete, holistic care for every stage of the journey—from prevention to treatment to long-term recovery. Most importantly, Wayside’s women’s addiction treatment provides services specific to the needs of you and your family. No woman’s experience and trauma are the same. Our mental health and substance use disorder experts will customize a culturally responsive, trauma-informed care plan that works for you.
Learn more about Wayside Recovery Center and read our interview with the CEO of Wayside, Ruth Richardson!

New Research!

COVID-19 & Vaccines
HealthPartners Research:
COVID-19 vaccine does not cause preterm births
New research on childbirths conducted in part by the HealthPartners Institute shows the COVID-19 vaccine does not result in preterm birth or low birth weight.

Thank you to our wonderful Conference Sponsors!

Reckitt – Mead Johnson Nutrition
Your sponsorship ensures educational components, including our fall conference, supporting our mission of improving health care outcomes and reducing inequities in Minnesota. This month, MNPQC is featuring one of our fall conference sponsors, Reckitt – Mead Johnson Nutrition!

Reckitt – Mead Johnson Nutrition aims to nourish the world’s children for the best start in life. From everyday nutrition to specialized feeding solutions, Reckitt-Mead Johnson is dedicated to the research and development of products that help support baby development at every stage.

Register for Free Training for Health Care Professionals Working with Pregnant People

MDH now has additional training dates available for a FREE virtual workshop to help health care professionals assist pregnant people with quitting smoking:

  • Wednesday, February 9th, 12:00 – 3:30 pm CST. Training requires pre-registration by Jan. 30
  • Thursday, April 14th, 12-3:30 CST. This training requires pre-registration by April 3

Each training will be offered to up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The two trainings are the same, so select the date that works better for you.

The Minnesota Department of Health and American Lung Association – Minnesota have contracted with the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) to conduct these workshops.
SOPHE’s SCRIPT® – Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment – Program is an award-winning, evidence-based program shown to be effective in helping thousands of pregnant people quit smoking. SOPHE’s evidence-based SCRIPT® Counselor Training will enable you to integrate the SCRIPT® program into your routine prenatal care screening process.
Upon completion of this half-day training, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the latest motivational interviewing techniques with pregnant women
  • Describe at least two strategies for baseline and follow-up smoking assessment in pregnant smokersIntegrate the SCRIPT program principles in your prenatal setting

MNPQC’s Community Organization Resources

Visit the Resources Page on our new website to access the numerous Community Organizations and online resources. These resources aid birthing people and their babies, as well as healthcare professionals interested in improving perinatal health across Minnesota. If you don’t see your organization listed, or know of an organization or helpful resource that is missing, please contact us at to the community resource section.

To continue providing access to information, engagement, and collaboration among Minnesota Perinatal & Infant Providers – please send your resources, events, and information to to display on our website.

Stay up to date – Bookmark our COVID-19 Updates page today!

MNPQC is dedicated to sharing the latest information, resources, and education with healthcare providers, parents and caregivers, and our communities. Our COVID-19 Updates page includes webinars, articles, and guidelines on the care of pregnant women and newborns, resources for breastfeeding mothers and obtaining formula, health equity, as well as general information, including other languages (as available). Sources include the CDC, MDH, SMFM, and partner PQCs, as well as other reliable sources.  

If you have additional resources or educational opportunities for us to share, please send them to

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