Policy and Advocacy

CPCQC’s Policy Committee influences state-level policy reform as a catalyst for systems change through development and implementation efforts. We accelerate the development of innovative and evidence-based policy initiatives and leverage our role as implementer of perinatal health policies and legislation through a cross-cutting approach that connects healthcare facilities, clinical practitioners, public health agencies, and state departments with community health practitioners and community-based organizations, patient advocates, and lived experience experts.

Learn More About Our Work with the Maternal Behavioral Health Policy and Financing Coalition

CPCQC co-convenes the Maternal Behavioral Health Policy and Financing Coalition, a working group of the Colorado Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. This Coalition upholds diverse membership to form a statewide network of practitioners, advocates, community members, and state government representatives. The core working group leads legislative, regulatory, and administrative advocacy efforts to advance maternal behavioral health and wellness, improve infant mental health, and address social determinants of health.

Community Impact

CPCQC is improving patient resiliency and building community’s capacity for advocacy through its Family Integration to ReStore Trust (FIRST) program. Every year, we provide quality improvement education, advocacy training, and engagement opportunities to people with lived experience, their families, and caregivers. FIRST participants are changing the perinatal health care system by advancing our policy and advocacy work with community representation and lived experience expertise.  

CPCQC helped establish the Colorado Safe Transfers Coalition, an interprofessional group working to develop and implement best practice guidance for transfers across levels of care during pregnancy and birth in accordance with SB21-193 and SB21-194.

In response to the enactment of SB20-028, CPCQC is working alongside the SuPPoRT Colorado Policy Analysis Work Group to develop and implement toxicology screening, testing, and reporting guidance for hospital care teams.

Learn More About Participating in FIRST

We welcome individuals with lived experience including pregnant and postpartum individuals, families, caregivers, and providers to join our FIRST Program and help improve the quality of care. Participants will receive Patient Family Partner Training and compensation for your time. CPCQC offers a community member financial stipend along with additional support to facilitate your participation and engagement.