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NICHQ News November 2014 Newsletter
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Featured Resource
Made for pediatric medical home providers, this collection of Transitions to Adult Care resources, developed through the Massachusetts CHIPRA Medical Home project, can help with transitioning young adult patients to adult care providers.
> Congratulations to PinnacleHealth System of Pennsylvania and New Hanover Regional Medical Center of North Carolina on becoming Baby-Friendly! They are the latest Best Fed Beginnings teams to receive the designation.

>  NICHQ's role as the National Coordinating Center for the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program has been extended for three more years by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Monthly QI Quiz
Test your knowledge and learn more in this month’s QI Quiz!

Which step DOES NOT occur during the “Study” part of a PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle?
A. Complete data analysis
B. Compare data to predictions
C. Adopt the change
D. Summarize what was learned
Submit Your Answer.
Questions? Comments?
Patient Engagement, Partnerships
and Puppies

Is adopting rescue puppies the answer to patient engagement and partnership and improving health and healthcare for everyone? No, but in this instance, listening to a patient’s whole story positioned a provider to expand his thinking and innovate to deliver better care. Read More.

Building Bridges and Tipping Silos: How WIC Is Working with Hospitals to Increase Breastfeeding in Texas

"WIC prenatal education, hospitals and postpartum support have always been like three silos. Now, we're turning those silos on their side to improve continuity of care—from WIC prenatal education to the hospitals and back to WIC again," says Tracy Erickson, RD, LD, IBCLC, WIC breastfeeding coordinator, Texas Department of State Health Services. Read More.

Tracy Erickson
Is Your Practice Ready for
Family Health Partners?

One way for pediatric practices to demonstrate patient-centered care is to consider families as experts and invite them to help with evaluating, planning and improving a practice. Informed by their experience as caregivers and consumers, families can provide valuable perspective to the healthcare team during the practice's transformation into a medical home. But how do you know if your practice is ready to recruit these "Family Health Partners?" Read More.

Family Health Partners
Teams Make Giant Leaps in Improving Care for People with Sickle Cell Disease

Through the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program, a quality improvement project involving teams across the U.S., many people with sickle cell disease are experiencing more timely and compassionate care in emergency departments, increased access to providers and more reliable provision of recommended screenings and therapies. How can we expand these improvements to all people with sickle cell disease? Read More.

Sickle Cell Model

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