About Our Perinatal Quality Collaborative


The Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) works with healthcare facilities, community-based organizations, and patients here in Colorado as well as national partners to advance best practices and improve outcomes in maternal and infant health.


Our vision is that birthing individuals and their families in Colorado receive culturally relevant, safe, equitable, high-quality care no matter who they are or where they live.

How We Got Here

The Colorado Perinatal Care Council (CPCC) was founded by Governor Richard Lamm in response to the 1975 Colorado Health Systems Plan Framework developed by the Colorado Department of Health and became operational in April 1976. CPCC was established to provide broad-based leadership in planning and coordinating statewide perinatal health care delivery.

In March 2015, CPCC began the transition to a Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC) and changed its name to the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) to more accurately reflect its mission.

Father holding baby in both hands close to face for nose-to-nose kiss

In September of 2017, Colorado became one of the 13 states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided support to; in October 2022, that support was renewed for Colorado and expanded to include an additional 14 states. The CDC empowers organizations, just like ours, to improve the quality of perinatal care in their states, including efforts to:

  • Improve identification of and care for birthing people with substance use disorder and their newborn.
  • Reduce racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in birth outcomes.
  • Reduce cesarean births among low-risk birthing people.
  • Promote universal screening and appropriate clinical care for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Integrate lived experience within all programming to ensure that the voice of the patient is guiding program decisions.
  • Improve wrap-around services that link obstetric and behavioral healthcare for patients throughout the perinatal period.

By coming together to share data and experiences in a collaborative environment, we foster constant learning and improvement. In addition to statewide collaboration, we also partner with other Perinatal Quality Collaboratives across the country so that we can be “the best at getting better.”