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Breastfeeding Video
Follow the story of two hospital teams in NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings initiative as they take their final steps toward Baby-Friendly designation and reflect on their journey in this groundbreaking, national quality improvement project. Watch the video.
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Featured Publication                       
"Transition Readiness Assessment for Sickle Cell Patients: A Quality Improvement Project"

This article, fourth in a series published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management (JCOM), features the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a participant in the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project.
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What
> Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, has been named Executive Project Director for the CoIIN to Reduce Infant Mortality. Read More.

> Join NICHQ’s Jennifer Ustianov for “The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative” webinar on 9/23, presented by Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.
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Monthly QI Quiz
Which one of these activities DOES NOT happen during the “Plan” part of a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle?

A. Identify questions to be answered
B. Predict answers to the questions
C. Create a plan for collecting data to answer the questions
D. Run a small test of the plan
Submit Your Answer
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Living the Life of a Sickle Cell Warrior

In support of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, NICHQ invited Fatima Oyeku, a woman living with sickle cell disease, to share her perspective. “Maybe I'm just being overly optimistic, but I honestly think SCD could be eradicated if more people knew their trait status and have the opportunity to make an informed decision about having children,” she says. Read More.

Fatima Oyeku
Training a New Generation of Advocates

With the help of NICHQ’s obesity prevention advocacy training, Duke University School of Medicine pediatric residents are discovering how to advocate for programs and policies that support healthy, active living for children beyond the office visit and in the community. What does this have to do with allowing swimmers to wear t-shirts in the pool? Read More.

Be Our Voice course
Taking the Fight to Reduce Infant Mortality Nationwide

NICHQ sat down with Lacy Fehrenbach, director of programs for the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), to get her perspective on the national effort to reduce the U.S. infant mortality rate. “By working to reduce infant mortality during pregnancy and a baby’s first two years of life, we’re not just saving lives; we’re increasing these babies’ potential to thrive.” Read More.

Lacy Fehrenbach
At Zufall Health Center, Quality Improvement Leads to Patient Empowerment

At Zufall Health Center, a medical and dental home based in northwestern New Jersey, small tests of change have led to an improved process for providing patient education and empowerment. Through the center’s participation in two learning collaboratives, the staff has developed new healthy weight and dental care assessment tools that are simple and informative and help patients take control of their own health. Read More.     

Child and father in the dentist

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