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Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health Quality Improvement Collaborative

State/Jurisdiction: Illinois
Setting: Clinical
Population: Women/Maternal Health,
Topic Area: Primary/Preventative Care,
NPMs: NPM 1: Well-Woman Visit

The Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health (CCMH), led by AllianceChicago and EverThrive Illinois, aims to improve maternal health outcomes in the ambulatory care setting via quality improvement initiatives, community engagement, and policy advocacy. AllianceChicago has developed the CCMH Quality Improvement Collaborative, and has engaged ambulatory care partners, including FQHCs and hospital clinics, to inform and implement quality improvement initiatives for their patient populations. The broader outcome of the CCMH Quality Improvement Collaborative is to improve the capacity of the health centers participating and beyond. The CCMH QI Collaborative structure is informed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) “Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvements." The CCMH QI Collaborative seeks to improve healthcare quality and access for high-risk prenatal patients, particularly patients disproportionately impacted by the maternal mortality crisis who are being cared for by the community health centers implementing the QI initiative. The partners implementing the QI initiative care for prenatal patients facing barriers to care in a variety of ways including but not limited to lack of access to childcare, transportation, and insurance.

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