Advocacy & Health Policy: A Powerful Voice for Women’s Health

Safe health care for every woman.

That is the mission of the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care, formed in 2011. Its purpose is not to develop new content, but to act as a collaborative, dissemination body—driving implementation, encouraging research/learning, facilitating culture change, and providing a collective voice for women’s health. Since its launch, the council has grown significantly and is now home to 16 core member organizations and 10 corporate partners, who serve in an advisory capacity. Through its work, it has taken on a leadership role in the ever-evolving conversation of patient safety, through these programs:

National Partnership for Maternal Safety
In May 2013, the National Partnership for Maternal Safety was adopted as the Council’s first initiative. The partnership is a multi-stakeholder consensus body designed to address the rising rates of maternal morbidity and mortality through the rollout of various educational tools and resources, including patient safety bundles. Bundles and supporting content will be released on the following topics:

  • Obstetric Hemorrhage – released in 2014
  • Hypertension in Pregnancy – expected in 2015
  • Venous Thromboembolism in Pregnancy – expected in 2016

Safety Action Series
To support its efforts, in May 2014 the Council launched the Safety Action Series. This series is comprised of free one hour interactive sessions focused on topics relevant to the work of the Council. Since its introduction, the series has focused on obstetric hemorrhage and has garnered over 1,500 participants. The series will expand as additional content is rolled out.

National Improvement Challenge
The Council’s newest program was launched in November 2014. The National Improvement Challenge is an innovative program that seeks to improve care by encouraging the development of collaborative patient safety and quality improvement programs at the residency and educational program level. The council has designed this program to encourage the utilization of tools created by its initiatives. Prizes are available for the top submissions.  

With each new program, the council is continuing to grow and evolve into a robust and dynamic resource for patient safety information. We hope that you will take a few minutes to explore our website ( and get involved with one of our current or future initiatives.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998