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What We Do

NPQIC seeks to improve the delivery of and access to evidence-based and equitable health care for all Nebraska mothers and newborns. 

  • Sara Howard * Former Legislator and Current Policy Advisor, First Five Nebraska
    Sara Howard * Former Legislator and Current Policy Advisor, First Five Nebraska

    NPQIC has truly been a leader in helping every Nebraska mom and baby have a great start. I am honored to have worked with NPQIC since its inception, and I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the future!

Our Impact

Since its inception in 2015, NPQIC has led multiple statewide efforts to implement evidence-based clinical practices and quality improvement initiatives to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality as well as eliminate inequities in perinatal healthcare. NPQIC has successfully enrolled all 45 birthing facilities in the State of Nebraska as member hospitals. 

  • Birthing Hospitals Served


  • Births Impacted


Hot Off the Press

The White Paper highlights:
• The alarming racial disparities in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality that exist in the U.S. and Nebraska,
including the significant contributing factors and economic burden.
• Potential solutions including the provision of doula care (with a focus on culturally congruent doulas for Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities), implicit bias training for providers, improved access to
prenatal care, and addressing social determinants of health through policy changes.
• Establishing Medicaid reimbursement for doula services in Nebraska is proposed as a key intervention involving
a doula-led workgroup to develop implementation guidelines, training, credentialing, and quality assurance
• The need for collaborative, multifaceted, and community-driven efforts involving doulas and affected
communities is crucial to implement meaningful, holistic changes and ultimately improve maternal and infant
health outcomes while ending racial disparities.

We encourage you to review the White Paper to understand Nebraska's maternal health landscape better and, most importantly, identify opportunities for policy, systems, and environmental changes that could significantly improve outcomes for ALL Nebraska mothers, babies, and their families.

Thank you to our partners:

  • Nebraska - Good Life. Great Mission. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • COPIC - Better Medicine - Better Lives
  • First Five Nebraska
    First Five Nebraska
  • AIM
  • IBBG
  • A Mothers Love