The Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC) and the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MPQC) are excited to support a statewide quality improvement initiative focused on improving the care of infants and families impacted by perinatal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Building upon years of past work by hospitals and organizations throughout the state, this initiative was formally launched in January 2017 and relies on close collaborations with many state partners, including the Department of Public Health, the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, the Department of Children and Families, Early Intervention, and the Health Policy Commission.
All hospitals that care for mothers or newborns are invited to participate. Please see the drop down menu below to access more information on the various components of our project.
For more information, please contact:
Elisha Wachman, Neonatal Lead
Davida Schiff, Pediatric Lead
Amy Walker, OB Lead
Aviel Peaceman, Senior Project Manager
Online Stigma, Bias, and Trauma-Informed Care Training
Description: In partnership with the Brigham & Women’s Hospital C.A.R.E. (Coordinated Approach to Resilience and Empowerment) Clinic, PNQIN is proud to offer online stigma, bias, and trauma-informed care training. This team-focused training is led by Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor and is intended for maternal and neonatal health care and service providers. The training content is centered on patients experiencing Substance or Opioid Use Disorder (SUD/OUD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
Training topics include: Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), unconscious bias and stigma, structural racism, and the six principles of trauma-informed care.
Understand the roles of stigma, bias, and trauma-informed care and resilience on disparities in health and birth outcomes specifically:
Pain management for pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing OUD
Discharge and prescription practices for obstetric patients
OUD treatment bias for pre- and postpartum patients
IMPORTANT: This training was initially designed to be interactive and delivered in a group setting. We encourage you to gather a group from your hospital to watch the training recording, then debrief and discuss together. All team members must register individually and complete the post-test survey individually. Please do so, as this will help us keep accurate records of who completed the training. Thank you!
Additional TIC Resources:
National Birth Equity Collaborative
Early Intervention Project
One of the primary goals of the PNQIN statewide perinatal opioid project is to improve the follow-up of infants at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) by increasing enrollment of these infants in Early Intervention (EI). State data shows us that referral is only one step in the process, and that even if most infants with NAS are referred to EI before discharge, rates of enrollment are significantly lower. To address this issue, PNQIN and the Massachusetts Department (MDPH) are leading a structured QI initiative to improve EI referral and enrollment rates among substance exposed newborns (SEN) and infants with NAS.
PNQIN Spring Summit 2019 Early Intervention Breakout Session
Early Intervention and NAS: What We Can Learn From Families and Hospitals:
Hafsatou Diop, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD, MSc; Jennifer Lee, MD
In this breakout session, leaders defined a Family Centered Care (FCC), described the primary components of FCC for this population of pregnant, postpartum and parenting women with opioid use disorders, described ways in which peer mentors are powerfully influential in providing FCC, and described ways that organizations can support and develop the role of peer mentors in implementing FCC. To view the presentation, click here.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH):
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families:
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Monthly statewide key metric reports are below. This page contains only the statewide key metric report. If you are looking for your hospital specific report, please email Aviel Peaceman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report January 2022
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report February 2022
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report March 2022
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report June 2022
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report September 2022
- PNQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborns Statewide Progress Report December 2022