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Welcome to PQI's free webinar series. Through this webinar series, we will be providing you with information and case studies that will illustrate how others have been able to champion positive change within their organizations. We hope that these learning opportunities will inspire you to find new and innovative ways to champion change within your own hospital, facility or health system.


Our mission at PQI is to place before you information on how to use improvement science to eliminate preventable perinatal morbidity and mortality, and to reduce disparities in perinatal care based on race or ethnicity. We hope that this webinar series will be instrumental in helping you to move toward the achievement of these goals and objectives. 


Here is a list of our upcoming webinars:


February, 2018 -

Perinatal Quality Improvement Utilizing Telehealth and Connected Health

Speaker: Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, APRN, FAAN

Dr. Rhoads is a telemedicine/telehealth researcher and educator, emphasizing the human impact of technologies on health care provider roles and patient-centered care. Dr. Rhoads has implemented numerous telehealth programs and has conducted multiple telehealth research initiatives with rural providers and patients. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and is the Education Director for the Center for Distance Health.

April, 2018 -

Improving Care for Women with Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Speaker: Miranda Klassen

Miranda Klassen is the Executive Director of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Foundation, a non-profit advocacy and research organization she founded in 2008 after nearly losing her life to an amniotic fluid embolism. Miranda assisted with the development and implementation of the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Registry™ in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The registry, now the world’s largest database of AFE cases, will allow for future investigations pertaining to the genes and mechanisms associated with AFE. Miranda is a frequent speaker, panelist, and lecturer on amniotic fluid embolism and patient advocacy. She is also a contributing author on research articles and most recently the nationally approved safety bundle: Patient, Family, and Staff Support after a Severe Maternal Event.

June, 2018 -

Implementing Maternal Warning Signs

Speaker: Robyn D'Oria, MA, RNC, APN

Robyn D'Oria has over 30 years of experience in maternal child health nursing in a variety of roles including Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, with faculty of pediatric and maternal child health nursing. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC). Ms. D’Oria is the New Jersey Section Chair for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, a member of the Expert Panel on Maternal Mortality, and the state lead for the implementation of the AWHONN Postpartum Hemorrhage Project. Ms. D’Oria is a member of the steering committee through the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists for the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) and is the lead facilitator of the remaining AIM Workgroup bundles – Reducing Peripartum Racial Disparities, Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety and Obstetric Management of Women with Opioid Dependence.

August, 2018 -

Skin-to-Skin after Vaginal and Cesarean Births

Speaker: Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE

 Mary Ellen Boisvert has over 20 years of perinatal hospital-based clinical and leadership experience. Currently she is member of the nursing faculty programs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Curry College, and Baystate College and is a PhD student in Nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was the Director of Maternity Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth, and the Nurse Manager of the Family Centered Unit at the Tobey Hospital campus of Southcoast Health. Ms. Boisvert is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and the co-chair of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition’s Baby-Friendly Collaborative and the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative.