The Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy, and Consultation (PAC/LAC) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) agency in 1981 to improve perinatal outcomes in Los Angeles County. PAC/LAC began to promote cooperation among persons/institutions providing perinatal care and developed/supported a regionalized perinatal system to include education, referral transport and data evaluation. The original goals have evolved to meet the needs of the region PAC/LAC serves. In the 1980s there was a large void in perinatal education provided to hospitals. To meet this need, PAC/LAC sought out hospital staff across three counties to attend monthly educational events/annual conferences to stimulate dialogues about evidence-based practices.
PAC/LAC is governed by a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors who are members of the Corporation. The Board consists of perinatal and neonatal health care providers and advocates. The CEO oversees all staff and reports to the Board of Directors.
Today, PAC/LAC continues to work extensively with multidisciplinary providers of perinatal and neonatal care in the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Southern Inland counties to achieve optimal pregnancy and birth outcomes for patients. As an RPPC for more than 30 years, PAC/LAC promotes an integrated regional perinatal system promoting high quality, risk appropriate care for pregnant women and high-risk infants, and promotes hospital-based, data-driven quality improvement projects.