The California Association of Neonatologists (CAN) is the professional association of neonatologists in the State of California. CPQCC was founded as the “action arm” of CAN in 1997 and remains inextricably linked with CAN’s mission to improve the health outcomes of California’s newborns. Each year, CAN hosts the annual “Cool Topics in Neonatology” Conference which is kicked off with a “CPQCC Day” highlighting our major accomplishments from the past year.



The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) is a statewide network of hospitals committed to ending preventable maternal death and injury and to promoting equitable maternity care. Through quality improvement collaboratives, evidence-based toolkits, and rigorous data collection, CMQCC aims to improve outcomes for all of California’s mothers. CPQCC works closely with CMQCC on projects that span the mother-infant dyad such as addressing maternal drug exposure and subsequent neonatal abstinence syndrome.


The California Perinatal Transport System (CPeTS) assists healthcare professionals with the referral of high-risk pregnant women and newborn infants. An updated bed availability status is obtained daily from CCS-approved regional NICUs across the state and reported on the CPeTS website to assist hospitals in referring patients to the appropriate facility. CPQCC works closely with CPeTS by collecting and analyzing information on all acute infant transports through the NICU Database.


The Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program (MCCPOP) provides obstetric and neonatal education to healthcare providers located in California’s mid-coastal region, which includes the counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo. MCCPOP is housed at Stanford University and works closely with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, one of the few hospitals in the US that offers obstetric, neonatal, and developmental care in one location.


The Regional Perinatal Programs of California (RPPC) are a comprehensive network of public and private perinatal health care providers within defined geographic areas of the state. RPPC provides quality improvement resources, consultation, and technical assistance to hospitals and health care providers in order to ensure the well-being of pregnant women and their babies and promote access to appropriate levels of high-quality care.



Stanford University School of Medicine is a founding partner of CPQCC and provides administrative and financial support to the organization. CPQCC's offices are housed on the Stanford campus where staff are able to benefit from the vast intellectual and organizational resources the university offers.  In addition, several members of CPQCC's leadership team hold faculty appointments within the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. 

State of California

CPQCC works closely with two major agencies of the State of California – California Children’s Services (CCS) and the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division of the California Department of Public Health. CCS is the arm of California’s Department of Health Care Services which provides a safety net to children across the state with special health needs. CCS covers children with particular medical conditions and sets care standards for the state’s NICUs and High Risk Infant Follow-up clinics. CCS and CPQCC work closely together to ensure that all CCS-approved facilities provide the highest quality care. MCAH seeks to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and adolescents throughout the state of California and provides financial support and guidance for CPQCC activities in support of that aim. 



The Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a collaboration of health care professionals representing NICUs and level I and II care centers around the world. VON’s mission is to improve the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families through a coordinated program of research, education, and quality improvement projects. CPQCC members are automatically granted membership in VON at no additional cost. CPQCC facilitates all reporting to VON on behalf of its members using the data entered into the NICU Database.