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April 2012

When it rains, it pours. April has been a busy month for NICHQ, as we have been planting the seeds of improvement for our upcoming projects. Like Sachin Heatherley (pictured above), son of NICHQ’s Associate Project Director, Priya Heatherley, we hope you enjoy the transformative change that this season brings!



In Other News


Hospitals sought for Nationwide Breastfeeding Project – applications are due by Friday May 4. more>>

NICHQ welcomes Dr. Shikha Anand to a new director position. more>>

How healthy is your county? The 2012 County Health Rankings were released on April 2.  more>>

New study suggests that obesity during pregnancy may increase the child’s risk of autism. more>>


Our Areas of Focus

- Obesity
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Autism
- Breastfeeding
- Neonatal Care
- Medical Home
- Newborn Hearing



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My Daughter's Best Fed Beginnings

Karthi Streb, MPH, is the director of NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings project. She is also a new mom who has experienced the challenges of learning to breastfeed. “I now have great appreciation for the highly coordinated care I received for those first few weeks… not all hospitals provide this high level of seamless maternity care and there is a great need to make that change,” she says in this month’s Leadership Message.

NICHQ Helps Autism Treatment Centers as Prevalence Rates Rise
 
Against the backdrop of National Autism Awareness Month this April, the CDC announced that more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than ever before.

Read about how NICHQ is coordinating with the Autism Treatment Network to help treatment centers address the disorder's physical symptoms.


Healthy Weight's New Ally

The Collaborate for Healthy Weight team in Iosco County, Michigan, has an unusual champion: Shelby Fransee, undergraduate student and winner of Iosco County’s Miss America pageant, has begun to take action after watching her brother struggle with weight-related problems.

Read about how Ms. Fransee is using her crown to help spread the message of fit lifestyle choices.


Medical Home Transformation and the Power of Collaboration

13 pediatric practices from across Massachusetts are working together to transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes. Two team leaders, Maria Mignone and Sally Faggella, have developed an especially fruitful relationship. Read about how their collaboration and moral support are fueling change.

NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer Speaks on Panel with US Surgeon General

On March 21, NICHQ CEO, Dr. Charlie Homer joined a panel with US Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, and an esteemed group of medical experts to discuss the first National Prevention Strategy.

Read more about the event and watch Dr. Homer speak about NICHQ’s childhood health programs that uniquely support the National Prevention Strategy.



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