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MNPQC In the Know
MAY 2022

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month!

MNPQC highlights our partners at National Institute for Children’s Health Quality. Follow on Twitter @NICHQ.
Please learn more through available resources at the CDC Division of Reproductive Health.

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 May 10, 2022 @ 12:15-1:15 PM

Dr. Bethany Sabol & Dr. Todd Stanhope will discuss Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) care in Minnesota. Topics addressed may include home blood pressure monitoring and leveraging your EMR!

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

Do you have questions about the changes in the Mandatory reporting laws?

Join us on May 11, 2022, at 12 PM for the MNPQC Townhall Meeting on the Response to Changes in Reporting of Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances. For more information download the townhall details here and register below!

Upcoming Webinar

Addressing Maternal Health in a Time of COVID-19

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HRSA IEA) in Regions 5, 6, and 7 invite you to a webinar on “Addressing Maternal Health in a Time of COVID-19”. This webinar is part of HRSA IEA Regions 5, 6, and 7’s Maternal Health Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight innovations and promising practices as well as resources to promote and further maternal health and well-being across the lifespan. For more information about the webinar, contact Amanda Waldrup at

Thank you to our wonderful Conference Sponsors!

Minnesota Department of Health

Your sponsorship ensures educational components, including our fall conference, support our mission of improving health care outcomes and reducing inequities in Minnesota. This month, MNPQC is featuring one of our fall conference sponsors, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)!

Thank you, MDH for sponsoring the MNPQC 2021 Fall Conference! The MDH Maternal and Child Health Section provide statewide leadership and public health information essential for promoting, improving, or maintaining the health and well-being of women, children, and families throughout Minnesota.

Need an at-home blood pressure cuff?

Learn how to order an automatic blood pressure monitor for Minnesota Medicaid or MinnesotaCare members!

NNPQC/NICHQ Webinar: Using Motivational Interviewing to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Thursday, June 8th from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
The NNPQC is pleased to invite you to attend an upcoming webinar on Using Motivational Interviewing (MI) to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. This webinar is designed to build knowledge and skills for clinical staff to utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a communication style that supports behavior change and supports patient autonomy.
Please email if you have any questions.


Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health: How Caregivers Can Help

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT.

Hear Dr. Jillian Baker’s professional insights and personal experience with infertility and postpartum depression. During this webinar, participants will learn how to recognize the impact of infertility and pregnancy loss on mental health, identify signs of postpartum depression and available treatment options, and provide practical support to a loved one to promote maternal mental health.

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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