Mission & Vision
Northeastern Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative
The NEPaPQC seeks to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative effort to ensure all mothers and babies in Northeastern Pennsylvania receive quality, evidence-based perinatal and neonatal care.
Make Northeastern PA the best place to give birth and be born.
In November of 2016, the Pennsylvania (PA) Premie Network discussed developing a Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) focusing on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at their annual meeting. Dr. Cook, the Executive Director of the Northeastern PA PQC, was in attendance at this meeting and interested in finding a way to see this idea come to fruition.
About six months later, in April of 2017, the March of Dimes held a Perinatal Summit connecting providers and government officials to pitch the development of a PQC in PA. At this time, a number of government officials expressed interest in this endeavor.
A few months later, the idea of starting a pilot project, focusing on a regional PQC before launching a state-wide effort, was discussed. The idea was to start the PQC in one region of the state, identify potential barriers and how to overcome them, prior to taking on the larger, state-wide effort.
Around the same time, a multi-disciplinary team of individuals within Geisinger Clinic and Geisinger Health Plan began to convene and discuss the need for a PQC in PA. At that time, PA was one of only 6 states without a PQC already established or in development.
In January 2018, the team at Geisinger submitted an application for an internal grant focused on establishing a regional PQC among the delivery hospitals and health plans in the northeastern and north central region of PA. The 2-year project’s main goals were to identify barriers and expand out to the rest of the state over time with an initial quality improvement focus on opioid use disorder in pregnant women and prenatal opioid-exposure in infants.
The grant was successfully awarded in July of 2018, project staff were hired, and the team began to discuss how best to access and analyze baseline data within the Geisinger system. Following data collection and analysis, the team planned to approach other hospitals in the region to join the collaborative. The hope was to be able to assist interested hospitals after having already identified some barriers prior to recruitment. During this time, the Northeastern PA PQC joined forces with the state-wide effort administered by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, the PA PQC.
In February 2019, the PA PQC and NEPaPQC began to recruit provider organizations, health plans, and others to join the cause! The official launch of the PA PQC, partnered with the NEPaPQC, was April 24th in Harrisburg, PA. The PA PQC will hold quarterly in-person meetings in Harrisburg through 2019.
Throughout the remainder of 2019 and 2020, hospitals across the state launched quality improvement projects focused on increasing identification and treatment of pregnant individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. A sub-group of hospitals also worked to expand access to immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception to all individuals, including those with OUD.
In 2021, the NEPaPQC merged with the PA PQC, but continues to provide focused support to delivery hospitals in the northeastern region of the state.
Serving Northeastern PA
The Northeastern region of Pennsylvania includes the 22 blue colored counties (Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Sullivan, Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Union, Snyder, Montour, Northumberland, Columbia, Luzerne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, and Schuylkill).
If your hospital or practice is in one of these counties, and you would like to know more about being a part of our PQC, see the see the Join Us section.
If your hospital or practice is outside of the blue-colored counties and you are interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s state-wide PQC (affiliate of NEPaPQC), click here.
If you would like to know if your hospital is part of our PQC, see the PQC Site section for all currently participating sites.