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Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Action Team Stakeholder Process

The BOI team identified a process employed by the stakeholders who recently created The Blueprint for Action toward a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System, as having the potential to inform policy change in Louisiana. The creation of the blueprint by Childbirth Connections had involved multi-stakeholder workgroups and centered on 11 critical focus areas for change. The Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative narrowed the priorities from 11 to 5 and included those that coincided with priorities identified by a recent needs assessment completed by the Office of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Program.

Identified through the Louisiana needs assessment and national best practices review, the five priorities are:

  1. care coordination,
  2. data and measurement,
  3. patient safety and quality,
  4. health disparities and
  5. behavioral health.

Based on these five priorities, the BOI is leading statewide "Action Teams," which include 80 quality and measurement experts, hospitals and health systems leaders, health plans, clinicians, consumers and community partners committed to improving the health of women and infants in Louisiana. Team members represent medical professional organizations, hospitals, providers, consumers and community partners (list of members attached).The teams complement the Governor's Perinatal Commission, a group appointed to make statewide recommendations on perinatal outcomes. The BOI kickoff was on November 17, 2010 in concert with prematurity awareness day and the release of the Louisiana March of Dimes Report Card in which Louisiana received an F.  Louisiana's First Lady Supriya Jindal showed her support by lighting the Governor's Mansion purple, the color of prematurity awareness.