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Featured Highlight
NICHQ Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month!

> Congratulations to Terrebonne General Medical Center of Houma, LA, (a participant in NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings program) for being one of four “Stories from the Field” featured in the CDC’s new Breastfeeding Report Card 2014.

> Harvesting great ideas: Teams in NICHQ's Best Fed Beginnings initiative gathered in June 2014 for a “Harvest Meeting” to share the challenges and opportunities of transforming maternity care practices. Check out the striking visual results captured by the meeting’s graphic facilitator.

> Free breastfeeding resources for healthcare professionals are always available in the breastfeeding section of NICHQ’s website.
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Featured Publication
An Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children

This commentary, penned in part by NICHQ’s CEO Charlie Homer and published in the Journal of Patient Safety, calls for hospitals and medical imaging facilities to adhere to fundamental safe practice performance measures.
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> Have you seen the NICHQ website lately? We’ve got a new look and now it’s easier for you to find what you need. Tell us what you think!

> Join NICHQ for a free webinar about how to effectively engage leadership in quality improvement work on Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Register now!

> NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg will be a co-chair and featured speaker at the World Congress Patient Engagement Summit, Sept. 8-9 in Boston. Receive $300 off the registration fee when you mention promo code NICHQ.
A Busy Summer: Building Blocks, Babies and Breastfeeding

No lazy days of summer here at NICHQ! Meghan Johnson, project lead for NICHQ’s new breastfeeding project with the New York State Department of Health, talks about building on NICHQ’s breastfeeding knowledge and putting new quality improvement skills into practice for big impact. The result? We’ll be helping to improve care for mothers and babies at nearly every facility providing maternity services in the state of New York. Read More.

Meghan Johnson
Harnessing the Power of Grandma                       

The first six weeks of an infant’s life can be challenging for mom and baby, especially for establishing breastfeeding. Support from hospital staff, lactation consultants and other professionals is important, but the strongest key to success for a new mom may be having the support of her family. Recognizing the unique and strong influence that a women’s mother and/or mother-in-law can have, some hospitals are creating classes and outreach specifically for grandmothers. Read More.

Participants in the Grandmothers Class at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, TX, proudly hold their grandbaby mannequins
How Culturally Sensitive Are Your Patient Materials?                       

As the U.S. sees an increase—160 percent in the last two decades—in the number of residents speaking languages other than English at home, the American healthcare system must adapt to communicate effectively with patients. Here are four tips to guide healthcare providers as they develop new materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Read More.

QI Tips: Cultural Sensitivity
Hundreds Gather to Reduce Infant Mortality

Last month, hundreds of federal, state and local public health officials, Medicaid directors and public and private agency representatives from across the United States gathered together in Arlington, VA, for the CoIIN Infant Mortality Summits. Why is this work so important? Because the U.S. has one of the worst infant mortality rates among industrialized nations—and so many of these deaths are preventable. Read More.

Infant in healthcare provider's arms

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