Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Healthcare Studies

Maternal and Child Healthcare

The Maternal and Child Healthcare research agenda focuses on the implementation of quality improvement science to improve the quality and safety, equity, effectiveness, and outcomes of healthcare for mothers and infants. 

The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC), works to improve the health of pregnant women, mothers, and infants through perinatal quality improvement initiatives implemented by participating birthing hospitals across the across Illinois. ILPQC provides quality improvement infrastructure, resources, and data management support to over 100 hospitals across the state.

ILPQC uses a collaborative infrastructure of Obstetric and Neonatal Advisory Workgroups and diverse stakeholders to determine future perinatal quality improvement initiatives, based on: 1) state-level public health problems and priorities such as reducing preterm birth, reduction of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and reduction in racial/ethnic disparities; 2) the availability of evidence-based interventions; and 3) availability of measures that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. ILPQC facilitates perinatal quality improvement initiatives through collaborative learning, rapid-response data, and quality improvement support

Faculty from across the Feinberg School of Medicine, such as the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Social Science and Preventive Medicine are engaged in the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC), which receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

Our Projects


Ann Borders, MD, MSc, MPH

Our Faculty

Jane Holl, MD, MPH

William Grobman, MD, MBA

Paloma Toledo, MD, MPH

Marc Rosenman, MD


Patricia Lee King, PhD, MSW
Research Associate

Elissa Oh, MA
Research Analyst