The Regional Perinatal Programs of California (RPPC) is a key component of California’s community-based comprehensive perinatal health system. This system includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP), RPPC and other local Title XIX efforts. It’s a system that encompasses prenatal care, delivery care, postpartum care, and neonatal and infant care services that have been demonstrated effective in preventing or reducing maternal, perinatal, and infant mortality and morbidity.
RPPC’s mission is simple: to ensure that mothers and babies are receiving the right care at the right time, and to prevent avoidable long-term or permanent disability or mortality. Comprised of a cooperative network of public and private health care professionals, RPPC identifies and addresses the special needs of high-risk pregnant women and infants, particularly in underserved areas. RPPC Regional Directors are highly experienced maternal and/or infant healthcare personnel who serve as a link between the California Department of Public Health’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division (CDPH/MCAH) and birthing hospitals, advocating for data-driven quality improvement activities, including data collection protocols, and quality assurance policies and procedures. The Regional Perinatal Program Directors and staff provide resources, consultation, and technical assistance to hospitals and health care providers.
State MCAH staff support the RPPC Directors in their work and coordinate efforts to improve perinatal care at a higher level by working with other key partners, such as Stanford University, March of Dimes and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to name a few. Twice a year, State MCAH convenes the RPPC Directors for in-person meetings to discuss the RPPC scope of work and emerging issues that impact perinatal health.