Want to join? Complete the  application  by Friday, November 22nd.

Want to join? Complete the application by Friday, November 22nd.


The Obstetrics Initiative (OBI) Data & Publications Committee will provide oversight of quality improvement and data collection, evaluation, and research to ensure that the interests of the hospitals are well-represented, that the questions being asked are of high impact, duplication of efforts are minimized, and that hospitals are not being needlessly approached for participation in efforts that do not serve their interests or the interests of their patients.


  • Multidisciplinary

  • Maternity hospitals, Clinical Data Abstractors, & patient participants

  • Representation from diverse sites across the CQI and the state

  • Members should be dedicated and experienced in authoring peer reviewed publications

  • Leaders seeking opportunity to effect change beyond their own cluster

Data Responsibilities

Members will:

  • Provide ongoing review and modification of data elements to ensure the collection of useful, relevant, and meaningful data.

  • Review patterns, predictors, and trends in data.

  • Develop reporting standards for how data is shared across the Collaborative.

  • Provide a structure for proposed data variable edits from all OBI participants.

Publications, Policies and Procedures Responsibilities

The OBI Coordinating Center will maintain a database of research projects, principle investigators and manuscripts being prepared for publication.

Members will:

  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures for publishing results derived from OBI data.  These policies and procedures will include the process for requesting data, authorship guidelines, pre-submission review, acknowledgement of support, and conflict of interest disclosure for abstracts, posters, and manuscripts.

  • Review and assess feasibility for external QI or other research or data-intensive endeavors brought to OBI for OBI member participation

  • Review research or QI protocols for dissemination within to assess for interest, feasibility, and patient-centeredness.

  • Review OBI manuscripts before submission to ensure the CQI standards are met. These include, but are not limited to, the following: correct description of the OBI CQI and purpose, statement related to BCBSM support, submission for BCBSM review, and acknowledgement of hospitals that have high accrual or other distinct level of involvement

  • Ongoing review of the most recent transition of care literature.

Committee Representation & Terms

  • Two-year term, with option to renew

  • Term will be from January through December of each year

Nomination Process

  • Self-nomination 

  • Nominations will be invited at the April Semiannual meeting and the OBI Data and Publications Committee members announced in December.

  • Submission of CV and brief application of interest in advancing quality improvement and patterns of care research within OBI by the individual nominated: https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3r2FbmN4uOfPwjz

  • Members will be required to submit conflict of interest disclosure forms

Time & Meeting Requirements

  • One-hour meetings from 8am-9am just prior to the April & November SemiAnnual Meetings

  • Two, one-hour conference calls between the SemiAnnual meetings, or ad hoc as required

  • Total annual commitment expected to be approximately 6 to 8 hours; additional members will be added in the event the volume of work increases

  • Attend in-person meetings and conference calls and participate in e-mail discussions.

  • Examine their own data to generate quality improvement ideas

  • Be leaders and advocates at their institutions

  • Promote OBI in the Michigan obstetrics community

  • Be respectful.

  • Agree to the decisions of the group.

  • Fiduciary to the spirit of quality collaboration.

  • Recuse yourself when a conflict of interest arises.

  • Refrain from using OBI data for marketing and promotion of their practice or hospital

  • Refrain from using OBI data for personal gain

  • Representation is voluntary

  • No remuneration or expense reimbursement