Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative: Postpartum Care and Health Literacy

This course, presented in joint sponsorship with the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative will equip perinatal care clinicians with key health literacy principles to apply to postpartum care. This will create a meaningful difference in patients’ postpartum health literacy, which will better prepare them for postpartum transitions; help them understand the importance of identifying early warning signs and post-birth health checks; facilitate follow-up and continuing care; and prioritize health literacy within healthcare organizations. 

Florida statute (F.S. 395.1054) requires all hospitals that provide birthing services to participate in at least two quality initiatives developed by the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

Target Audience

Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Perinatal Care Clinicians including Physician Assistants, Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the significance of the postpartum transition period and current guidance for hospital and care teams. 
  • Define health literacy and its importance in postpartum care and prevention. 
  • Apply health literacy principles in perinatal care to improve postpartum health.
Additional information
  • Florida Department of Health. (2021, September). Florida’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee 2019 Update. https://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/PAMR/fl-maternal-mortality-review-committee-2019-update.pdf
  • Florida Department of Health. (2020, March). Urgent PAMR Message to Providers and Hospitals. Retrieved from https://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/PAMR/_documents/opioid-use-during-pregnancy.pdf
  • National Center for Education Statistics. (2022). Public High School Graduation Rates. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/coi/high-school-graduation-rates
  • National Library of Medicine. (2021, December 17). An Introduction to Health Literacy. https://nnlm.gov/guides/intro-health-literacy
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2021, August 24). National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. https://health.gov/our-work/national-health-initiatives/health-literacy/national-action-plan-improve-health-literacy
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Course expires: 

Content Contributors

Cheryl Vamos, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor, College of Public Health
University of South Florida
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Colleen Rodriguez, RNC-NIC, BSN, MHSA, NEA-BC
Assistant Vice President, Nursing
South Miami Hospital

Linda A. Detman, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Programs and Operations
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Margaret Boyer, M.S., RNC, C-EFM, C-ONQS
Nurse Consultant
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative


Eliana Huffman, B.A.
Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

Eliana Huffman, B.A., faculty of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Margaret Boyer, M.S., R.N., Linda Detman, R.N., Colleen Rodriguez, RNC-NIC, BSN, MHSA, NEA-BC, and Cheryl Vamos, Ph.D., MPH, and other non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

*Ineligible companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Baptist Health South Florida and the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.    
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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