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August 2012

NICHQ is honoring National Breastfeeding Month in August by highlighting work and accomplishments in this area. Breastfeeding is a woman’s decision and we want to do everything we can to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.

In Other News

The CDC's 2012 US Breastfeeding Report Card shows breastfeeding rates are improving. more>>

Baby-Friendly hospitals may help improve exclusive breastfeeding rates. more>>

NICHQ recently published journal articles on healthy weight and sickle cell disease. more>>

The CDC released the 2011 rates of obesity per state. more >>

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement seeks fellows for 2013-2014
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Our Areas of Focus

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

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Great Momentum Marks National Breastfeeding Month

NICHQ News August 2012 Karthi-MarianneNICHQ leaders have joined the national conversation about breastfeeding. In an op-ed published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Karthi Streb, MPH, Director of Programs, and Marianne McPherson, Phd, MS, Director of Applied Research and Evaluation, discuss ways to “make the healthy choice the easy choice for moms everywhere.” Meanwhile, in NICHQ’s August Leadership Message, Streb reflects on what NICHQ is doing to “keep the national momentum going."

Helping Hospitals Support Breastfeeding
HCGH employee and new mother, Kursten Jackson, with her infant Korey Jackson Travers.Clinicians from Women & Infants Hospital in Rhode Island and Howard County General Hospital in Maryland, two of the 90 hospitals selected for the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, reflect on why working with NICHQ to pursue Baby-Friendly designation is right for their hospitals.

Q&A with Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, Faculty Chair for Best Fed Beginnings

Dr. Lori Feldman-WinterIn the United States, only 16% of new moms meet the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. Dr. Feldman-Winter discusses why breastfeeding is important and why hospitals find it challenging to fully support it.

Promoting Healthy Weight and Avoiding Stigma in Rochester

NICHQ News August 2012 Rochester TeamThey were already emerging leaders in the field of obesity prevention, but participating in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative was an opportunity for the team from Rochester, NY, to do something more. Working with providers in two health centers, they are teaching clinicians how to better communicate with kids and their families about obesity. Read their story.

Fighting Obesity with Local Solutions: Phase 1 Spotlight Video

NICHQ News August 2012 HW Phase 1 VideoThe Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative brings together local leaders who work in primary care, public health, and community organizations. Ten teams from the project’s first phase have developed collaborative solutions to improve the health in their communities. Watch a video that tells three of their stories.

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