Jessica Filley, MPH

Thursday Morning Plenary

    State-based perinatal quality collaboratives (PQCs) are networks of clinical providers, hospital improvement teams, and public health organizations that seek to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.   Many states have developed PQCs that have achieved important improvements in outcomes such as preterm delivery, maternal morbidity, neonatal infection, and breast milk use.  As PQCs have grown and matured, they have extended from hospital-based initiatives to population-level improvement efforts.  In this session, we will use explore how PQCs can bring rigorous clinical quality improvement methods to traditional public health approaches to improving outcomes for mothers with opioid use disorder and newborns at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome.   The first part of the session will review the work of the Massachusetts PQC; the last part of the session will show recent innovations around perinatal opioid use in Alaska.

    Jessica Filley is a current CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow within the Section of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health. Her subject area is behavioral health and she has spent more than a year analyzing substance abuse data, with a particular focus on characterizing the trends and impacts of opioid use throughout Alaska. One of her more recent projects was the development of a statewide Opioid Data Dashboard which launched in spring of 2018. In addition, her graduate level studies included assessing trends in prenatal care as well as the relationship between pregnancy-related depression and infant development.