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June 2012

Summer is finally here! Like Danielle and Siara Small (pictured above), daughters of Jonathan Small, NICHQ’s Director of Communications, we hope you find time to enjoy some sun and fun!

In Other News

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day recognized on June 19. more>>

Radio interview with Drs. Shikha Anand and Victoria Rogers about their obesity work. more>>

New article in the American Journal of Public Health features NICHQ’s obesity advocacy project, Be Our Voice. more>>

The Commonwealth Fund issues new comprehensive measurement set for the Patient-Centered Medical Home. more>>

Our Areas of Focus

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

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Necessity Is the Mother of Innovation

Kate V.In this month’s Leadership Message, NICHQ’s Associate Project Director, Kate Vaughan, MSW, reflects on her rural upbringing and how the realities of remote healthcare have driven innovation. “People living in rural areas have a shared interest to improve health systems for their communities,” she says.

NICHQ Launches Unprecedented Breastfeeding Initiative
Breastfeeding Sign90 hospitals from states with low breastfeeding rates have been selected to join Best Fed Beginnings, a groundbreaking initiative to improve maternity care and breastfeeding practices nationwide through Baby-Friendly designation. Congratulations to the selected teams! Read our press release for details.

Spreading the Word on Healthy Weight in Ohio

C4HW Ohio MessageUsing original messaging and new technology, the Ohio team in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative is tapping into innovative resources to promote healthy behavior change in Columbus.

Improving Follow-up for Infant Hearing Screenings

Baby Boy (Stock)Watch our new video to find out how families, health practitioners and quality improvement experts are working together in the Improving Hearing Screening & Intervention Systems (IHSIS) project to ensure that all babies receive appropriate follow-up after failing their newborn hearing test. 

Reducing ER Visits for Sickle Cell Patients in Tennessee

WISCH LogoThe Tennessee team in the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project is striving to provide accessible and affordable care to adult sickle patients who have stopped seeking primary care support because they do not have insurance. Read their story.

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