Gathering of Statewide Experts Addresses Infant and Maternal Concerns

East Tennessee Children's Hospital healthcare professionals visited the TIPQC conference earlier this month to discuss children's nutritional healthA unique, wide-ranging group of national and state-level stakeholders met to highlight the statewide progress being made through the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) around Tennessee’s infant and maternal concerns.

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) brought together more than 300 physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance companies, families, legislators and community groups on March 4-6, 2018 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin.

The 2 1/2-day program featured sessions on maternal and child health issues, quality improvement projects, and noted state and national speakers. Tennessee Commissioner of Health, Dr. John Dreyzehner, Dr. Zsakeba Henderson, CDC, Jeanne Mahoney and Amy Bross, Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (ACOG), Dr. Raylene Phillips, Loma Linda University Medical Center and National Perinatal Association, Dr. Melissa Kottke, Emory University, Dr. Morgan McDonald, Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Sarah Taylor, Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Tanya Lord, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Dr. Dmitry Dukhovny, Oregon Health & Science University, and Mica Bumpus, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists addressed improvement opportunities and efforts on a local, state, and national level. Project Workshops discussed current and ongoing challenges, best practices, successes, and allowed for collaboration around Antibiotic Stewardship in the NICU, Optimizing Care of the 35-36 Week Infant, the Basics of LEAN, Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives, Patient and Family Engagement, Improving NICU Nutrition, Opioid Use Disorder, the Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition, and issues in Maternal Harm including Obstetric Hemorrhage and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital healthcare professionals visited the TIPQC conference earlier this month to discuss children's nutritional healthThe attendees were able to sharpen their improvement objectives and projects through collaborative sharing, benchmarking, and learning from the national as well as state experts.

Healthcare professionals from East Tennessee Children's Hospital are participating in a new study called the Nutrition Project, and several members of their team attended the TIPQC gathering to collaborate and learn more about infant and maternal health efforts in Tennessee.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital healthcare professionals visited the TIPQC conference earlier this month to discuss children's nutritional health

“The work in Tennessee around perinatal health has never been more important as we continue to show some of the worst health outcomes across the nation. Engaged teams across the state are showing remarkable progress in changing this tide making Tennessee the best state to be born in,” stated Executive Director, Brenda Barker.

For more information, please contact Kathy Fulton, NNP-BC, MSN, Neonatal nurse practitioner for Mednax at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, at (865) 541-8194 or KFulton@etch.com.

The Nutrition Project team at East Tennessee Children's Hospital

The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee through the Department of Health. Its goal is to engage providers across the perinatal spectrum in statewide, evidence-based and data-driven quality improvement projects. Please visit our website at www.TIPQC.org.

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