Fourth Trimester Initiative
To make Kansas the best place to be born, and to be a mother.
To improve Kansas’ maternal and infant health outcomes by assuring quality perinatal care using data-driven, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement processes.
Fourth Trimester Initiative Background
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has teamed up with the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KPQC) to launch a maternal health quality initiative aimed at decreasing maternal morbidity and mortality in our state. Data from KDHE Vital Statistics, as well as from the Kansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee, demonstrated that focused evaluation and intentional intervention in the postpartum period should be the primary goal to improve maternal health outcomes. The Fourth Trimester Initiative was designed to be a cutting-edge approach to study and improve the experience of our mothers and families in Kansas.
Fourth Trimester Initiative Purpose
To engage and empower patients, their families and support system, providers, and Kansas communities to intentionally improve maternal health outcomes with our collective, inspired effort.
The purpose of the KPQC’s Initiative is to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce maternal mortality in Kansas. Our efforts are informed by the work of the Kansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative announced this important state initiative on July 20, 2020 and a recording of that announcement is available here (1 hr 15 min):