FOCUS AREA

Community-Informed Birthing Center Quality Improvement

Improve maternity care practices and integrate the community’s voice into quality improvement planning to ensure all families experience better birth and breastfeeding outcomes.

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THE PROBLEM

Evidence-based practices are not experienced by all

Evidence-based maternity care practices that are intended to improve patient safety and care are not experienced by all families. Birth and breastfeeding outcomes suffer. Racial disparities prevail.

THE CAUSES

Why is this happening?

Did you know?

2 out of 3 birthing centers don’t have a dedicated quality improvement task force.

Those that do have a task force rarely integrate community leaders or members.1

THE GOAL

Work toward quality improvement informed by the community

Community leaders and members understand the unique strengths, challenges, and needs of their community best. Through this focus area, Coffective supports states and communities in ensuring evidence-based maternity care practices lead to better health outcomes for all families by integrating community voice into quality improvement efforts.

THE SOLUTIONS

Choose how to reach quality improvement goals

There are many ways to ensure maternity care improves the health of all families. Coffective supports states and communities in choosing solutions — bundled tools, training, and activities — for reaching this goal based on shared priorities and communities’ needs.

Build a task force that includes community voice

LOCAL PARTNER COORDINATION

Build a task force that includes community voice

Birthing center leaders get support and resources to:

  • Learn how to develop meaningful, productive partnerships with the surrounding community.
  • Build a quality improvement task force that incorporates community leaders and members.

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Learn from birthing center leaders and coaches

Birthing center leaders can share with and learn from:

  • A collaborative of other birthing center leaders who can exchange their lessons from working on community-informed quality improvement.
  • Expert coaches whose guidance can help increase knowledge, skill, and capacity.

Learn from birthing center leaders and coaches
Assess the birth experience to inform improvements for all

DATA & EVALUATION

Assess the birth experience to inform improvements for all

Making changes that will lead to better health outcomes for all families requires capturing a complete data story.

Quality improvement tools are provided to help measure and evaluate families’ birth experiences and delivery of maternity care practices. All data is stratified by race to expose disparities.

TIPS & TOOLS

Start incorporating community voice today

WHERE WE WORK

States Working on Quality Improvement

Coffective is working with these states on improving patient health outcomes through community-informed quality improvement. Strategies within this focus area were chosen based on shared goals and communities’ needs.

Talk to a Coffective team member about what’s possible in your community.