May 2023 Newsletter

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy. The week is all about:
  • raising public and professional awareness of perinatal mental health problems
  • advocating for women and families impacted by it
  • changing attitudes
  • helping people access the information, care and support they need to recover
Explore this year's theme, "Together in a Changing World," and more details here.

2023 Summit Keynote Announcement

NPQIC is honored to feature Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha as our 2023 Summit keynote speaker. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is a professor, scholar, mentor, and advocate for the underserved. She is a national leader in the field of Black Maternal Health, with over 15 years of research and experience. In fact, she has planned and led an annual conference on Black Maternal Health Inequities since 2018 that has drawn upwards of 1,500 attendees annually, with this year’s conference totaling 3,300 attendees.

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the inaugural Julia A Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and the founder and Director of the Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice (CBMHRJ). One of the Center's units is the Maternal Outcomes for Translational Health Equity Research (MOTHER) Lab, which houses 35 future clinicians and public health professionals keen on eliminating maternal health disparities.

This year's NPQIC Summit theme is "Upstream Solutions to Maternal Health Equity." Registration will open early Summer 2023!”

2023 NPQIC Annual Summit 

Visiting Scholar Addresses Perinatal Health in Nebraska

Dr. Arthur James is a retired obstetrician, gynecologist, and pediatrician, and a nationally-renowned speaker on maternal and infant health. In April, Dr. James delivered a Grand Rounds presentation, "Birth EQUITY in Nebraska," in partnership with the UNMC College of Public Health Catalyst Fund. You can view the presentation here.
It's Time to Enter Data and Schedule Quarterly Calls
Breastfeeding and NTSV data for January-March can now be entered into RedCap.

For those participating in the AIM Severe Hypertension Safety Bundle, data for Quarter 1 can also be entered into the AIM portal

Contact Sydnie Carraher at to schedule your coaching call for Quarter 2.  

NE Tele-Lactation Services

Mothers throughout the state have access to tele-lactation consultation from various organizations. For more information, click on links below:

Education by our Partners

Olson Center for Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch Series
* Decreasing Compassion Fatigue in the Workplace: Journey to Compassion Satisfaction for Healthcare Workers; Amy Mead, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN: Nebraska Medicine Emergency Services; Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, 12-1pm

* Uterine Fibroids: Patient-Centered Treatment; Karen Carlson, MD: UNMC Dept of OBGYN; Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 12-1 pm
  • Register by emailing the Olson Women's Health Resource Center at, calling the Olson Center at 402-559-6345, or click HERE to register on Engage. 
Nebraska Neonatal Advanced Practice Association 2023 What's New in the NICU Conference 
August 23-24th, 2023
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland, NE

2023 Nebraska AWHONN Conference
Friday, October 27th, 2023
Scott Conference Center, Omaha, NE

Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE)
Check the events calendar for events.

Bryan Health Perinatal Education Opportunities:
Check the website for class details.
- S.T.A.B.L.E.
- Perinatal Bereavement

CHI Health Perinatal Outreach
Check the website for dates of classes
- S.T.A.B.L.E.
- Emergent Delivery Course

Methodist Women's
Methodist Women's Hospital Outreach Program

Nebraska Methodist College
Check the website for dates of classes
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