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March 2012

Spring has sprung – and with it comes a renewed energy for improvement! Like Rebecca Giegel (pictured above with her aunt, Rachel Steele, NICHQ’s Chief Operating Officer), we hope you have a chance to stop and smell the flowers!

In Other News

US Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, leads a discussion on America’s National Prevention Strategy at Harvard Medical School on March 21. more>>

Charlie Homer commentary published in Pediatrics. more>>

The 2nd Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Healthcare Research on April 27 in Boston includes a closing plenary from Charlie Homer. more>>

New IOM report, Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention, released. more>>

NICHQ’s Emma Smizik presented NICHQ’s work on obesity prevention as part of a HRSA/EPA webinar series. more>>

Our Areas of Focus

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

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What I Learned about Physician Autonomy at the ATM Machine

“At that moment it dawned on me that my decisions, both inside and outside of clinic, are as much driven by the system that supports me as they are by my personal behavior,” says Shikha Anand, MD, MPH, NICHQ’s Physician Champion. In this month's Leadership Message, Dr. Anand envisions a primary care system that supports individual autonomy while preventing human error.

Hospitals Sought for Nationwide Breastfeeding Project
Recruitment begins April 2 for Best Fed Beginnings, an initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States. This exciting project is for any hospital interested in working with national experts and leading hospitals to improve how they support mothers’ infant feeding decisions.

A link to the application will be posted here on April 2.

Collaborate for Healthy Weight Project Expands to 50 Locations

Forty new teams of healthcare professionals and community leaders, from Pasadena to Philadelphia, have been selected to join Collaborate for Healthy Weight. The new groups join 10 original teams that have been working since June 2011 to improve obesity prevention and treatment in their communities.

>> Read a story about how the Virginia team has promoted healthy weight in the small Appalachian community of Lee County, where 42% of the children are overweight.

New ADHD Toolkit Available

NICHQ partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its Quality Improvement Innovation Network (QuIIN) to develop an updated version of Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians.

The kit is available through the AAP bookstore.

New Voice on Be Our Voice Blog

NICHQ welcomes Kristi Fossum Jones, MPH, as a guest blogger for Be Our Voice, NICHQ’s campaign to engage healthcare professionals in policy advocacy in the fight against childhood obesity. Kristi is an energetic public health advocate with experience in both state and federal health policy.

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