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Applying AIM bundles and resources to community birth settings

Emily Greenwood:
Emily Greenwood, MPH (she/her) is the AIM Senior Program Manager. She is responsible for the overall development and management of program related resources and educational activities to support patient safety bundle implementation.
Jacqueline Wallace:
Jacqueline Wallace, MD, MPH Jackie is the clinical lead for the perinatal quality collaboratives team at the CDC. She has a long-standing interest in community birth and collaborative practice. She has served as the medical director for Birth Care & Family Services birth center in Pennsylvania since 2005 and has been a member of the American Association of Birth Centers’ Research Committee since 2019.
Julie Blumenfeld:
Julie Blumenfeld, DNP, CNM, IBCLC (she/hers) is a Clinical Assistant Professor & Program Director of the Nurse-Midwifery and Dual Women’s Health/Nurse-Midwifery Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at Rutgers School of Nursing.
Dr. Blumenfeld is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She serves on the NJ Board of Medical Examiners Midwifery Liaison Committee and is Chair of its Health Equity Sub-Committee, the NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, and the NJ Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Additionally, she was a member of the New Jersey DMAHS/DOH Doula Stakeholder Committee (2019-2021). 
Shannon Pursell
Shannon Pursell is the Executive Director of the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaboration (VNPC). She is an Army veteran, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a medic working with Soldiers as well as the local population. She also has expertise in state and local public health areas, maternal and child health, chronic disease, adolescent immunization, and programs with an emphasis on improving maternal and infant health outcomes, community engagement, health equity, and partnership building. She completed her Master’s in Public Health in 2007 at Walden University and her Bachelor of Science at Purdue University in Health Services
Elizabeth Clarkson:
Elizabeth Elizabeth is a Certified Nurse-Midwife in a midwife-owned home and hospital birth practice in Central New Jersey. The practice has maintained admitting privileges at the local hospital for 32 years. She has been attending homebirth for 10 years. She is a preceptor for Rutgers University, Frontier Nursing University, and The National College of Midwifery. She is a guest lecturer at Rutgers University and a staff midwife at The Lawrenceville School providing gyn care to the day and boarding students.
Sherry Stevens:
Sherry Stevens is a certified professional midwife/NH certified midwife and serves families in New Hampshire. Sherry has 25 years of home birth experience. She has participated in NNEPQIN since the early years. Sherry serves on the NH Midwifery Council and many state committees such as SUID, newborn screening, breastfeeding, and several state and national professional associations.

Course Description

The purpose of the webinar is to provide community birth providers an understanding of the relevance and application of AIM structures and resources to strengthen their engagement in the healthcare system, improve response to obstetric emergencies and participate in maternal health quality improvement.

This webinar seeks to specifically meet the need for Virginia CPMs to retain licensure completing training in AIM bundles as defined by the Code of Virginia, relating to midwifery; administration of medication § 54.1-2957.9 “Regulation of the practice of midwifery” approved March 26 2023.

However the webinar is broadly applicable to community birth provides in the US who seek to improve their capacity in quality improvement systems for maternal health.

The webinar will last for 2 hours and describe AIM, its resources and structure, and the role and purpose of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQC) in national quality improvement. We will explore the Obstetric Readiness toolkit and Hemorrhage bundle as key toolkits for replication and adaptation for community birth settings. We will then explore the case of the Northern New England Quality Improvement Collaborative where community birth providers are regularly included as critical stakeholders. A final section will explain how community birth providers can engage with their state PQC.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session:
1. Community birth providers will express an understanding of the relevance of AIM structures and resources as a tool for quality improvement in maternal health.
2. Community birth providers will apply AIM resources and networks to quality improvement practice at a local level.
3.  Community birth providers will understand the national PQC structure and system to enhance the engagement of community birth providers with state PQCs.
4. Community birth providers will be able to describe the Obstetric Readiness toolkit as a resource for community birth providers.
5. Community birth providers will explore the revised AIM hemorrhage bundle as a practical resource for obstetric emergency response at a community level.

CEs Offered: 2 CE

Course expiration: August 21, 2025