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MNPQC In the Know

October 2022

Perinatal Equity Committee Chair & Vice Chair Nomination Request!

Perinatal Equity Committee Chair and Vice Chair Nomination Request!
The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is currently accepting nominations for the chair and vice chair positions for the MNPQC Perinatal Equity Committee.

MOSTaRE Update (Mother/Infant Opioid and Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Effort)

The Mother/Infant Opioid and Substance use Treatment and Recovery Effort (MOSTaRE) Initiative is now underway in Minnesota hospitals! We had our first learning session virtually on September 28 with eleven different hospital teams! We learned about creating PDSA cycles (plan, do, study, act) and got familiar with the Simple QI program to collect our data. Each hospital team will individualize their goals, determine data metrics that are important to their facility and test change ideas that were developed by MNPQC’s statewide workgroup, while collaborating with other teams.

Our monthly Action Period Calls will start in November on the first Wednesday of each month, if your hospital is interested in joining us, please email Susan Boehm (  

We would love to have every hospital in the state participate. A key recommendation from the Maternal Mortality Review Committee is “to support statewide improvements for birthing people who have substance use disorder” so we know this project is an important piece of improving the health and lives of Minnesota patients.

Thank you and welcome to all who joined us – we look forward to meeting in person at the next learning session!

Dr. Adrienne Richardson, MOSTaRE Chair

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.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder-Resources and Updates

Please visit the new and updated MDH Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) webpages.

In addition, the 
Depression and Anxiety During and After Pregnancy brochure and Postpartum Wellbeing Plan were updated and are now available online for health and community partners to use.

These resources will also be available in six languages (Amharic, Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali, and Spanish) in the following weeks.

Please feel free to share these updated resources widely with your network.

If you have any questions, please email

Due to the increasing list of partners having fall conferences this year, we have decided to postpone the MNPQC annual conference until the beginning of 2023.

More details to come. Stay Tuned!

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Provides 24/7, free, confidential support before, during, and after pregnancy. The Hotline offers callers:
  • Phone or text access to professional counselors
  • Real-time support and information
  • Response within a few minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Resources
  • Referrals to local and telehealth providers and support groups
  • Culturally sensitive support
  • Counselors who speak English and Spanish
  • Interpreter services in 60 languages

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Two CDC reports released:

Four in five pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable. Data from 2017-19 shared from Maternal Mortality Review Committees identified more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.
A second report highlighted American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) people are disproportionally impacted by pregnancy-related deaths.

Hennepin Health Perinatal ECHO series started in April 2022!

This series will focus on the intersection of perinatal opioid and polysubstance use and perinatal mental health. Dr. Cresta Jones will be co-directing this series along with Dr. Katie Thorsness, the perinatal psychiatrist at the Hennepin Health Redleaf Center.

Sessions will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The format will remain the same – a short didactic session followed by a case review – we encourage you all to consider cases you have been involved with for discussion of best practices in general or for specific individual guidance issues.

This program is geared towards any stakeholders who influence, provide, or support care for pregnant people experiencing mental health or substance use disorders – this includes students, residents, and fellows as well.
We hope this series will help expand trauma-informed and stigma-free care for our patients and their families.



    October 25- Pages and Pencils: Maternal Mental Health “Lunch and Learn”

    October 25- Hennepin Healthcare Perinatal Substance Use ECHO Treating Comorbid Perinatal Anxiety Disorders

    October 31- MHA Perinatal Improvement Summit 2022

    There are past and present events available on the calendar – View the full calendar on our website!

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