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The Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC) is hosting FREE monthly education calls for our  Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative open to all. This is in collaboration with Project ECHO to implement the MNPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy Care Process Model, case review, and sharing best practices through collaboration. 

The goal of the MN Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period Initiative is for a 25% reduction in severe maternal morbidity (SMM) by February 2023 accomplished through recognition of and optimizing timely treatment of hypertensive urgency in the inpatient setting.

ECHO Schedule

12:15-1:15 PM CST
2nd Tuesday of every month

Lifelong implications of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP)

Presenter: Dr. Courtney Baechler

Topics addressed may include:
Long-term cardiovascular risk associated with HDP and recommendations for lifelong follow-up care.

Presentation objectives include:

    1. Discuss best practices for 4th-trimester risk reduction and subsequent cardiac disease development
    2. Learn practical opportunities to enhance long-term prevention in your patients to reduce the development of chronic disease


ECHO Presentation & Recording
Transitions of care in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP)

Panel Presentation
Cinthia Fondrk & Anna Mueller
Ramsey County BECC and MVNA


  1. Describe the role of public health nursing in the care of clients with hypertension in pregnancy or the postpartum period.
  2. Discuss the benefits of universal nurse home visiting for the postpartum client.


ECHO Presentation & Recording
Moving the needle on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) care in Minnesota

Home blood pressure monitoring & leveraging the EMR for quality improvement in obstetric hypertension

Presented by:
Dr. Bethany Sabol, Hypertension Initiative Co-Chair, MHealth Fairview
Dr. Todd Stanhope, MNPQC Chair, North Memorial Health


  1. Review current evidence supporting the use of home blood pressure monitoring postpartum in high-risk populations
  2. Provide practical tools for the implementation of home blood pressure monitoring programs in different healthcare settings
ECHO Presentation & Recording
Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) Management in the Postpartum Period

Presenter: Dr. Retu Saxena, Allina

Topics addressed may include:
Standardized blood pressure management, patient discharge education, and outpatient follow-up recommendations.

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Addressing inequities in hypertensive care

Presenter: Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Ph.D., MPH

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe race as a multidimensional social construct that influences maternal health and healthcare.
  2. Discuss the role of racial discrimination in and outside of the healthcare system in shaping maternal health outcomes and healthcare use.
  3. Examine lived experiences of BIPOC individuals as patients interacting with the healthcare system and healthcare providers teams.
  4. Identify everyday administrative policies or healthcare practices that may contribute to BIPOC patient experiences and differential maternal outcomes.
ECHO Presentation & Recording
A system wide Model for Management of Severe Hypertension: lessons learned and opportunities for continued improvement

Presenter: LeeAnn Hubbard, MD
Health Partners


  • Share a process for system alignment on perinatal HTN
  • Provide lessons learned and outcome measurement tools
  • Discuss continued improvement opportunities
ECHO Presentation & Recording
Management of Severe Hypertension – Changing the Culture

Presenter: Maggie Colliander, MSN, RNC-OB, CBC
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital

Topics addressed may include:
Escalation process

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Hypertension Management: The Blue Band Initiative

Presenter: Melissa Bray, MSN Ed., BSN, RNC-MNN, PHN, CentraCare

Topics addressed include:
Implementation of the Blue Band Project to identify hypertensive patients and provide resources for the community 

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Recognizing and reacting to severe hypertension in pregnancy

Presenter: Todd Stanhope, MD
North Memorial Health

Topics addressed may include:
Triaging patients with severe hypertension, treatment algorithms, hypertensive order set building, and magnesium initiation.

ECHO Presentation & Recording
Optimizing care and reducing risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) during preconception and at the initial OB visit

Presenter: Tanya Melnik, MD
MHealth Fairview

Topics addressed may include:
Care in the 4th trimester, low dose aspirin, identifying stage 1 and 2 hypertension, appropriate blood pressure measurement, optimal workup of preexisting hypertension and thresholds for treatment in pregnancyLDA, how to take BPs, optimal cHTN workup, and threshold for treatment.

ECHO Presentation & Recording


  • MNPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy ECHO Series

    Presentations & Recordings
  • What Is Project ECHO?


    Dr. Sanjeev Arora founded Project ECHO to ensure the right knowledge exists at the right place at the right time

    It all began in 2003 in New Mexico, with a mission to improve health care in rural and underserved populations, by connecting community providers and specialists to eliminate barriers to access to specialty care. With limited-to-no specialty care available in most rural areas, patients can wait for months and travel hundreds of miles to be seen by specialists in a tertiary care center. A lack of access to affordable, quality care can lead to inappropriate and costly utilization of the health system (e.g., frequent ER visits) and, more importantly, to poor health outcomes for individuals.

    Project ECHO addresses these issues by training community providers through HIPPA-compliant, technology-enabled collaborative learning to address specialty care-level health concerns in the primary care setting. Multi-disciplinary specialist teams use videoconferencing technology to conduct weekly or bi-weekly sessions with community providers to discuss specialized health care topics. During these clinics, community providers present patient cases to determine the best treatment options. This case-based learning has been shown to improve patient health outcomes and provider confidence in treating both common and complex conditions in their communities.

    There is no cost associated with participating, and the only requirements to join an ECHO session are access to a computer or mobile device with a connection to the internet. 

  • Benefits of Joining

    Project ECHO

    Through telementoring, our expert team uses a knowledge-sharing approach to lead case reviews, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities. All healthcare professionals are welcome.

    • Receive assistance with implementation of guidelines from The Joint Commission into the
      healthcare system using information gained from prior learning collaboratives and tools created
      by MNPQC.
    • Access to participate in educational activities offering continuing education (CME/CE) credits.
    • Access to Project ECHO for quality improvement education.
    • Receive quality improvement analysis of your organization/facility data with comparators to regional/state/national reports.
  • Hypertension Resources

    Project ECHO

    Hypertension Data Collection Tool

    To view other most current hypertension resources, please visit our initiative homepage:

  • FAQs & Support

    Project ECHO

    What does ‘ECHO’ stand for?
    Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

    Can patients make an appointment with Project ECHO?
    Project ECHO is not for patients; instead, Project ECHO is an educational tool for health care providers and students. Participants in Project ECHO can present their clinical cases to our specialists or simply join other providers in the spirit of learning and professional development (similar to Grand Rounds).

    Project ECHO partners include, but are not limited to: physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, mental health professionals, doulas, and
    community health workers.

    How can I join Project ECHO?
    To register to participate in Project ECHO with MNPQC, please register for each session above, or contact us at

    How much does it cost to join Project ECHO?
    There is no cost associated with participating in Project ECHO with MNPQC.

    For other questions or comments, please contact us at

Join Project ECHO!

Through telementoring, our expert team uses a knowledge-sharing approach to lead case reviews, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities. All healthcare professionals are welcome.