The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) celebrated their official launch on October 22, 2019 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. KyPQC was established to improve the quality and outcomes of all women and infants in Kentucky. Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are organizations that exist throughout the US, most commonly at the state level. These organizations foster multidisciplinary stakeholder engagement and collaboration through the collection and analysis of data, the development of evidence-based initiatives, and the implementation of standardized and proven processes of care in the perinatal setting. KyPQC's Vision is to make Kentucky a great place for every woman to have a baby and a great place for every baby to be born!

KyPQC is planning a third Fall annual meeting to continue to heighten enthusiasm of current partners and stakeholders and to create buy-in from new partners dedicated to improving the quality of care during pregnancy, delivery, and throughout the first year of life. Participants will hear from National speakers and other states with successful PQCs, as well as learn about KyPQC first quality improvement initiatives and lessons learned from the first round of pilot testing. In addition, the first half of day one of the annual meeting will be devoted to the kickoff of Kentucky’s enrollment into the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) program and the second half will entail interactive workgroup sessions pertaining to various topics.

The 2021 Fall KyPQC Annual Meeting will be held virtually utilizing a Zoom Meeting platform in place of conducting a face-to-face conference. This virtual platform allows for multiple breakout sessions, group discussions and virtual networking rooms for attendees and provides an opportunity for persons across Kentucky to attend this important event, as well as persons from outside the state.

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Marcela Smid, MD, MA, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Medical director of SUPeRAD (Substance Use and Pregnancy – Recovery, Addiction, Dependence) Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Utah Health Salt Lake City, Utah
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Paula Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Chief of Clinical Strategy Coffective, LLC Detroit, Michigan
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Lori Devlin-Phinney, DO, MHA

Associate Professor, Pediatrics/Neonatology University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky
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Steven Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP

Commissioner Department for Public Health Kentucky Department for Public Health Frankfort, Kentucky
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Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, FACOG

Perinatal Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of MA (PNQIN) Westborough, Massachusetts
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Barbara Koop, MS, RNC-OB

Program Manager Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Susan Hwang, MD, PhD, MPH/MSPH

Assistant Professor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Children's Hospital Colorado Aurora, Colorado
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John O'Brien Jr, MD

Medical Director for Labor and Delivery University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky
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Lisa Hollier, MD

Past President of ACOG Co-Chair of the Texas Mortality Review Committee Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Chief Medical Officer of Obstetrics and Gynecology Texas Children’s Health Plan Houston, Texas
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Chelsea Lennox, MPH

Program Manager Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Washington, DC
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Danita Coulter, BA

Educational Services Assistant Senior Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research Center (KIPRC) University of Kentucky College of Public Health Lexington, Kentucky
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Haywood Brown, MD

Senior Associate Vice President Of Academic Affairs, USF Health Vice Dean Of Faculty Affairs The Morsani College Of Medicine Tampa, Florida
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Jacqueline Coleman

Lt. Governor Governor's Office Commonwealth of Kentucky Frankfort, Kentucky
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Judy Theriot, MD

Medical Director Department of Medicaid Services Cabinet for Health and Family Services Frankfort, Kentucky
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Connie White, MD, MS, FACOG

Deputy Commissioner, Clinical Affairs Kentucky Department for Public Health Frankfort, Kentucky
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Emily Ferrell, MPH, CPH

Epidemiologist Division of Maternal and Child Health Kentucky Department of Public Health Frankfort, Kentucky
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Ann Borders, MD, MSc, MPH

Executive Director and Obstetric Lead Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Clinical Associate Professor University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Maternal Fetal Medicine NorthShore University HealthSystem, Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal Fetal Medicine NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital Evanston, Illinois
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Monica Clouse, MPH, CPH

Program Manager Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) Lexington, Kentucky
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Dena Goffman, MD

Chief of Obstetrics, Professor and Vice Chair for Quality and Patient Safety Obstetrics and Gynecology Sloane Hospital for Women at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center Associate Chief Quality Officer, Obstetrics New York Presbyterian Health System New York, New York
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Denise Cole, Ms, RNC-NIC

Program Manager Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Lisa Becker, MD

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Obstetrix Medical Group of Colorado Denver, Colorado
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Jonathan Weeks, MD

Medical Director Norton Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specials Group and Norton MOST Program Louisville, Kentucky
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In support of improving patient care, University of Kentucky HealthCare CECentral is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


This live activity is designated for a maximum of 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IPE Competencies

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/ Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork


The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 12.50 nursing contact hours.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, UK HealthCare CECentral is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UK HealthCare CECentral maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 4.5 continuing education credits.

Planning Committee Members & Moderators

Connie White, MD, MS, FACOG
Deputy Commissioner, KDPH

Monica Clouse, MPH, CPH
Program Manager, KyPQC

Chelsea Lennox, MPH
Program Manager, AIM

Leann Baker, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Pediatrics, University of Louisville

Mary Beth Allen, PhD
Health Policy Specialist, KyPQC

Jordan Murphy, MPH
Epidemiologist, KyPQC

Niraj Chavan, MD, MPH
Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Kentucky

Allen Brenzel, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID), CHFS

Jason Joy, MS, LMFT
Program Director, PATHways and PATHhome Program, University of Kentucky

Maggie Schroeder, MA, LCADC
Program Manager, Adult Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Services, Division of Behavioral Health, BHDID, CHFS

Pauline Hayes, MPH, BSN, RNC-NIC, CLC
Perinatal Nurse Consultant, KDPH

Judy Theriot, MD
Medical Director, Department of Medicaid Services

Cindy Sullivan, MS, RD, CLC
Health Program Administrator, Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement

Yvonne Kellar-Guenthe, PhD
Senior Research, Center for Public Health Innovation Scientist

Marci Sontag, PhD
Director, Center for Public Health Innovation