Hafsatou "Fifi" Diop Principal Investigator

Hafsatou Fifi Diop, MD, MPH is a founding member of PNQIN and the Director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health Research and Analysis for the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She is also co-PI of the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC). As PI and co-PI on multiple grants funded by CDC, HRSA, and NIH, Fifi has a strong track record of contributing to science through the many publications she has co-authored (72 are available on PubMed).

Fifi is grateful to have two wonderful sons (Thierno, a MIT grad and Moussa, a junior in high school) and the most beautiful and loving daughter Fatou, an Emerson grad, who currently lives in Valencia, Spain. Fifi loves to travel with all her children at least once a year. She is an excellent cook, loves to read, and watches Korean and Bollywood shows on Netflix even when she is really busy as this is the way she can relax. She is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan, the king of Bollywood, and Korean actor Hyun Bin and his wife Son Ye-jin.

Aviel Peaceman Senior Project Manager

Aviel Peaceman, MPH, is an advocate for maternal and child health, driving positive change with PNQIN since 2019. With an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, specializing in Maternal and Child Health, Aviel brings nearly a decade of experience to her role. Her expertise in project management and quality improvement methodologies is a result of her involvement in numerous maternal and infant QI collaboratives throughout her career. Aviel’s role at PNQIN includes managing operations for the neonatal projects and contributing to the development and execution of the PNQIN strategic plan.

Aviel is a mom to Noah (5) and Ezra (2). Her personal journey as a NICU mom to Noah, born at 33 weeks, infuses her work with a profound understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by NICU families. Outside of work, Aviel enjoys going on family adventures, cooking and baking delicious food, and listening to nostalgic music from the 90s and 00s.

Christin Price Administrative Director

Christin Price, MD joined PNQIN in March 2022. She is an administrative physician leader with over 7 years of experience driving strategy and implementation of care management and community and public health programs focused on improvement healthcare quality, decreasing costs, and achieving health equity. She has extensive experience with accountable care organizations, substance use disorders, population health management, and community health initiatives. Christin earned her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed her internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as an Infectious Disease fellowship.

Christin is a proud mother of sons Matthew (21) and Liam (18) and is their biggest fan when they are on the basketball court. In her spare time, Christin loves going for long walks, reading, cooking, wine tasting, and working out.

Kali Vitek Project Manager

Kali Vitek, MPH joined PNQIN in May 2020. She earned her degree from the Boston University School of Public Health with certificates in Maternal and Child Health and Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. Throughout her higher education, Kali participated in research and practical opportunities related to pregnancy and childbirth.

In her PNQIN role, Kali is primarily responsible for managing projects under the Massachusetts Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Initiative, which implements statewide patient safety bundles to reduce severe maternal morbidity and mortality. She is passionate about using education, public health frameworks, and quality improvement to help people grow their families safely, joyfully, and equitably.

Kali loves spending time with her family and friends outdoors, whether it be hiking in the woods or reading on the beach. When the weather keeps her inside, she is happy to spend the day watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy with her partner Joey and their two dogs, Aoife and Penny.

PNQIN Project Leads

Responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of PNQIN projects and initiatives.

Kathaleen Barker, MD (Remote BP Monitoring)

Saba Berhie, MD (Remote BP Monitoring)

Sarah Rae Easter, MD (MA Levels of Maternal Care Initiative)

Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, FACOG (Maternal Equity Bundle)

Meg Parker, MD (SDoH Screening & Referral in the NICU; Family Engagement)

Davida Schiff, MD (Perinatal Opioid Project)

Elisha Wachman, MD (Perinatal Opioid Project)

Amy Walker, CNM (Perinatal Opioid Project)

PNQIN Advisors

Provide clinical and QI assistance to PNQIN initiatives and liaise with state, local, and national partners.

Bonnie Glass, MN, RN (Massachusetts Perinatal Teams)

Munish Gupta, MD (PNQIN Perinatal Opioid Project)

Andrew Healy, MD (Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Review Committee)

Ronald Iverson, MD, MPH (Massachusetts AIM Initiative)

Karen Manganaro, DNP, RNC-OB, C-ONQS (AWHONN)

Mimi Pomerleau, DNP, MSN, MPH (AWHONN)

Chloe Zera, MD, MPH (MA-ACOG)

PNQIN Advisory Board

Provides input on PNQIN’s strategic direction as representatives of collaborating organizations and key stakeholder groups.

Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD (Tufts University School of Medicine)

Katie Shea Barrett, MPH (Maternal Health Advocate, Cityblock Health)

Barbara Fain (Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety)

Elaine Fitzgerald-Lewis, DrPH, MIA (MA Department of Public Health)

Viveka Prakash-Zawisza, MD, MS, MB, FACOG (MassHealth)

Camie Berardi (NICHQ)

Maryanne Bombaugh (Massachusetts Medical Society)

Gene Declercq, PhD (Boston University School of Public Health)

Ed Doherty (Ambrose Consulting)

Pat Folcarelli (CRICO)

Glenn Markenson, MD (MA-ACOG)

Lois McCloskey, PhD (Boston University School of Public Health)

Pat Noga (Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association)

Jessica Rubinstein (BMC HealthNet)

Chloe Schwartz (March of Dimes New England)

Amber Weiseth (Ariadne Labs)