Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care

The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care brings partner and subspecialty organizations in women’s health care together with patients and representative industry organizations with the central goal of improving health care for all women.

Vision: Safe health care for every woman

Mission: Continually improve patient safety in women’s health care through multidisciplinary collaboration that drives culture change

Purpose: The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care’s purpose is to reduce harm to patients by fostering:

  • Investigation to better understand the causation of harm
  • Programs and tools to implement patient safety initiatives 
  • Education to promote patient safety
  • Dissemination of patient safety information
  • A culture of respect, transparency, and accountability 

The Council on Patient Safety works toward this purpose through the following programs:

  • The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national partnership of organizations poised to reduce severe maternal morbidity by 100,000 events and maternal mortality by 1,000 deaths by 2018.
  • Patient safety tools and resources, including a library of Patient Safety Bundles – small, straightforward sets of evidence-based practices that help providers improve outcomes across the women’s health continuum. 
  • The Safety Action Series, interactive teleconferences on various topics relevant to promoting a culture of safety in women’s health care. All sessions are archived and freely available for playback.
  • The Voices of Impact video series, launched in 2018, the series seeks to is to elevate the voices of women and families who have experienced severe maternal events.
  • The National Improvement Challenge, launched in 2014, is an innovative program that seeks to improve maternal care through the development of patient safety and quality improvement programs at the residency and educational program level.
  • The National Improvement Video Challenge, designed to provide an opportunity for institutions to share their quality improvement efforts though a video-based competition. 

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Candace Webb, MPH
AIM Program Director

Karmah McIlvain
AIM Program Assistant

Lisa Ruffin Schauf
Administrative Manager  
All other inquiries


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998