Upcoming Meetings

Fall NeoQIC-MPQC Substance Exposed Newborns Summit: 

Improving the Care of Mothers, Infants and Families Impacted by Perinatal Opioid Use: A Massachusetts Statewide Initiative

Wednesday, September 27th, 9:00a to 4:30p
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center 



8:30a                 Registration and breakfast

9:00a                 Introduction and Overview  

                          Munish Gupta, MD; Ron Iverson, MD; Mary Houghton

9:30a                 Keynote Presentation

                          Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Rethinking Our Approach

Matt Grossman, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

10:20a               Break and Poster Viewing

10:30a               Perinatal Substance Use in Massachusetts: Updates from the State

                          The Massachusetts Interagency Task Force on Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

                          Abigail Taylor, MA, JD, Director, Attorney General’s Child and Youth Protection Unit

                          A Broader Look at Perinatal Opioid Use in Massachusetts:  What Can We Learn from Public Data Sets?

                          Thomas Land, PhD, Director, Special Analytic Projects, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

                          Moms Helping Moms:  An Update on the Moms Do Care Project

                          Laura Sternberger, LICSW, Coordinator, Moms Do Care Project

11:30a               Improvement the Care of Mothers, Infants, and Families: Projects in Implementation

                          Bridging the Gaps:  Obstetric and Neonatal Improvements around Perinatal Opioid Use at Beverly Hospital

                          Nicole Sczekan, CNM; Melissa Sherman, MD; Jennifer Lee, MD

                          Standardized Substance Use Screening in An Obstetric Practice
 Katherine Callaghan, MD

12:10p               Lunch and Poster Viewing

1:00p                 Afternoon Presentations

                          MCPAP for Moms:  Important Partners in Your Care of Pregnant and Post-Partum Women 

                          Leena Mittal, MD, Associate Medical Director, MCPAP for Moms

                          Eat, Sleep Console (ESC):  Proposal for a Statewide NAS improvement Project 

                          Elisha Wachman, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

1:30p                 Improving the Care of Mothers, Infants, and Families: Breakout Sessions

                          Introduction and Interrater Reliability for the ESC NAS Assessment Tool

                          Elisha Wachman, MD; Bonny Whalen, MD; Matt Grossman, MD

                          Peer Mentor Moms:  Using the Moms Do Care Model

  Laura Sternberger, LICSW, Coordinator, Moms Do Care
  Peer Mentor Moms, Moms Do Care  

                          Making MAT Part of Your Obstetric Practice:  It’s Not as Hard as You Think

 Jacquelyn Starer, MD, FACOG, DFASAM, Monitoring Director, Physician Health Service, Mass Medical Society


                          A Deeper Dive into Public Health Data on Perinatal Opioid Use

                          Davida Schiff, MD, MSc; Tim Nielsen, MPH, Department of Public Health

                          Rooming-in care to mother-infant dyad impacted by Opioid Use Disorder: Successes and Challenges

                          Rachana Singh, MD; Karen A. Ricci, RN, MPH; Marjorie Bloom, MSW, MPH, LICSW

1:30p                 BREAKOUT SESSION 1  

2:15p                 Break and Poster Viewing

2:30p                 BREAKOUT SESSION 2

3:15p                 Poster Fair

                          Please join us for our first poster fair featuring project presentations from hospital quality improvement teams!

4:30p                 Adjourn


A Joint Summit of the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC), the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MPQC),
the March of Dimes of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Winter Conference
Wednesday, November 29th

Our speaker is Mandy Belfort- we are so excited to have her! Please stay tuned for registration information.

Thanks all for the great enthusiasm at the Spring Conference- we certainly learned a lot and cannot wait to see everyone again.

Webinar for September
Wednesday, September 20th
3:00-4:00 pm

Our next collaborative webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th from 3 to 4 pm. We will send out an agenda closer to the date. Below is the login information. We hope you will join us!

Meeting number: 737 848 993


Dial In:  1-866-503-4605 

Conference Code: 189 604 1


Substance Exposed Newborns-QI Education Webinar Series
This webinar series will provide structured quality improvement education to participating teams, and will lead teams through the initial steps of formulating and conducting a quality improvement project.

Dates of Webinars (all are 12p-1p EST):
Webinar 1:  March 8, 2017
(materials posted on Substance Exposed Newborns page)
Webinar 2:  March 29, 2017
Webinar 3:  April 26, 2017
Webinar 4:  May 24, 2017
Webinar 5:  June 21, 2017
Webinar 6:  June 28, 2017 (tentative)