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The Betsy Lehman Center is working to advance maternal health and safety with the Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Improvement Network of Massachusetts (PNQIN), a voluntary collaboration of hospitals, health care providers, public health officials, community organizations and families.

Through quality improvement initiatives, collaborative learning and open sharing of data, PNQIN aims to improve maternal health outcomes while prioritizing health equity among mothers, newborns and their families across the state. It is founded on the need to provide the safest and highest quality health care for mothers and babies in Massachusetts, and focuses on sharing information and best practices.

The Betsy Lehman Center serves as the data custodian for PNQIN, collecting and analyzing key metrics on maternal health for two initiatives described below: AIM and LOCATe.

Key facts

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Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

AIM is a partnership that works to align national, state and hospital level quality improvement efforts to improve maternal health outcomes. The Betsy Lehman Center and PNQIN are measuring severe maternal morbidity rates in the state to inform quality improvement initiatives.

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Levels of Care Assessment Tool

LOCATe was created by the Centers for Disease Control to help states classify birthing facilities based on the level of risk-appropriate care they can provide. The Betsy Lehman Center and PNQIN are implementing this tool in Massachusetts to ensure women and infants receive care at a facility that aligns with their risk.

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