Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC)

APEC Vision

To be an exemplary resource for obstetric and other healthcare providers throughout the state of Alabama for assistance in improving perinatal outcomes and ultimately the health and welfare of women and infants throughout Alabama.

Mission Statement

To lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health in Alabama through: 1) Implementation and utilization of evidence-based obstetric care guidelines; 2) Assessment of meaningful quality benchmarks; and 3) Enhanced communication and collaboration with providers, both primary and sub-specialty, and patients.

APEC Goals

Ultimate Goal: Improve Pregnancy Outcomes

  • Help guide OB providers via evidence-based practice protocols and decision trees;

  • Identify meaningful quality benchmarks

  • Develop data collection measures

  • Review quality data and provide feedback to individual providers and institutions

  • Develop mechanisms to help providers in achieving benchmarks

APEC Resources

Leadership Team
  • William Andrews, PhD, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UAB

  • Susan Baker, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, USA

  • Joseph Biggio, MD, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UAB

  • Sylisa Lee-Jackson, RN, Associate Director, Maternity Program, Alabama Medicaid

  • David Lewis, MD, Professor & Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USA

  • Guy Middleton, MD, OB/GYN, Dothan

  • Thomas Miller, MD, State Health Officer, ADPH

  • Robert Moon, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Medicaid

  • Melinda Rowe, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Alabama Medicaid

  • Catherine Skinner, MD, Family Physician, Tuscaloosa

  • Janice Smiley, MSN, RN, Perinatal Health Division Director, ADPH

  • Amy Stratton, BSN, RN, State Perinatal Program Director

  • Allison Todd, MSN, RN - Obstetrics & Gynecology, UAB

Alabama Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ALPQC)

ALPQC Vision

Advancing health quality and equity for all mothers and babies in Alabama.

Mission Statement

The Alabama Perinatal Quality Collaborative exists to promote optimal health for Alabama mothers and babies by connecting key health and community stakeholders, sharing opportunities for education and training, and advancing the quality and safety of care through collaborative cooperation, evidence-based practices, and equitable approaches to care. 

ALPQC Strategic Plan (in development)

Questions? Julie McDougal, ALPQC Coordinator,   

Current ALPQC Project

Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative (  

Leadership Team
  • Richard Beverly, MD, FACEP - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AlabamaBlue Shield of Alabama

  • Rosemary Blackmon - Alabama Hospital Association

  • Rickeita Epps Cade, BS - Consumer Representative

  • Lisa Carter, MSN, RN, CLC - Huntsville Hospital - Women & Children

  • Britta Cedergren, MPH, MPA - March of Dimes, Maternal Child Health & Government Affairs

  • Eric Ford, PhD - UAB, School of Public Health (Quality Improvement Lead)

  • Samuel Gentle, MD - UAB, Pediatrics, Neonatology (Neonatology Lead)

  • DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH - UAB, Academic General Pediatrics (Pediatrics Lead)

  • Sara Mazzoni, MD, MPH - UAB, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics Lead)

  • Robert Moon, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Medicaid

  • Drew Nelson, MPH - Quality Assurance Division, Alabama Medicaid

  • Cathy Nichols, RN - Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses, Alabama Section

  • Rhiannon Reed, DrPH – Consumer Representative

  • Melinda Rowe, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Alabama Medicaid

  • Janice Smiley, MSN, RN, Perinatal Health Division Director, ADPH

  • Tammy Smith, MSN - Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Women & Infants Services

  • Allison Todd, MSN, RN - UAB, Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Martha Wingate, DrPH - UAB, School of Public Health (Administrative/Public Health Lead)