How UWNQC started

In November 2012, stakeholders of perinatal health care in Utah convened for the March of Dimes sponsored Prematurity Summit to learn about the problems of prematurity. The keynote speaker at the Summit was Jay Iams MD who presented Ohio's Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) which has been working to improve maternal and newborn outcomes by applying evidence-based health care change interventions to improve capability within Ohio's obstetrical hospitals with ongoing quality improvement activities. Following the Prematurity Summit stakeholders convened to identify best strategies to reduce premature births in Utah. Numerous potential interventions were discussed but the most common strategy identified was the development of a Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) for Utah, similar to other states. Since the previously established neonatal workgroup had already arrived at this idea, the two groups were combined. Representatives from the March of Dimes, Utah Department of Health's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Intermountain's Women and Newborns Services and the University of Utah's Department of Obstetrics came together as a Development Team and carried out the tasks necessary to begin a Quality Collaborative in Utah. The Development Team coined the name, Utah Women & Newborns Quality Collaborative, or "UWNQC" for short. Recruitment of Quality Improvement Teams from the ten hospitals in Utah that self-designate as Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units took place during the summer of 2013.

We currently have written commitment from over 75 partners from the above mentioned institutions that are committed to participating in UWNQC. Additional stakeholders from relevant professional organizations in Utah (ACOG, AAP, UAFP, and UACNM) have committed to supporting the work of UWNQC.

The Board of Directors, along with the three UWNQC subcommittees (Maternal, Neonatal and Out-of-Hospital Births) have formed and identified specific aims and objectives to begin quality improvement projects at their respective institutions. In addition, UWNQC has a data subcommittee that is currently working to implement data collection by data sharing agreements at all participating hospitals through the use of REDCap.