The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality is a public-private partnership to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Participants learn from one another and national experts, share best practices and lessons learned, and track progress toward shared benchmarks.
The CoIIN builds on the success of multiple public and private investments to improve birth outcomes. In Region IV and Region VI, following the 2012 Infant Mortality Summit, five priorities to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes were selected:
The infant mortality rate (IMR) is a widely used indicator of the nation’s health. In 2008, the U.S. ranked 27th in infant mortality among industrialized nations, with an overall IMR of 6.61. However, racial-ethnic disparities persist and in the same year, the IMR for infants born to non-Hispanic black mothers was 12.67, more than double the non-Hispanic white IMR of 5.52.
The importance of this indicator is underscored by its inclusion as a Leading Health Indicator for Healthy People 2020, the Nation’s roadmap for improving the health of all Americans which seeks to reduce the IMR by 10 percent by 2020.
Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks are technology-enabled teams that tackle a common problem. The originator of the term describes a CoIIN as a “cyberteam of self-motivated people with a collective vision, that innovatively collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and work enabled by technology.”
The CoIIN to Reduce Infant Mortality engages participants in the full spectrum of change implementation – from defining the problem and crafting an intervention, through implementing and evaluating the intervention and, finally, to the diffusing and adapting effective innovations in new settings.
Regions IV, V, VI Infant Mortality CoIIN Meeting October 1-2, 2013
Region V Infant Mortality Summit 2013 March 21-22, 2013
Regions IV and VI Infant Mortality Summit 2012, January 12-13, 2012
Region VI and Region VI CoIIN:
Region V CoIIN:
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Healthy Babies Project Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Prematurity Campaign March of Dimes