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July 2012

July brings fireworks, barbeques, and national pride. At NICHQ, we have the pleasure of working with revolutionary thinkers from every corner of America. Like James and William Saunders (pictured above), sons of Project Manager Toni-Ann Saunders, we hope you find time to enjoy the spirit of the season.

In Other News

Interview with NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer about Collaborate for Healthy Weight. more>>

How do we bring up a generation of doctors that understand medical homes? more>>

New study suggests breastfeeding may help mothers reduce the risk of obesity later in life. more>>

NICHQ's Tom Dahlborg blogs about compassion as a vital part of better outcomes, care delivery. more>>

Need some inspiration? Read Dr. Donald Berwick’s
recent Harvard Medical School commencement address. more>>

Our Areas of Focus

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

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On the Road with PDSA

Lexi A.In this month’s Leadership Message, Lexi Abel, MPH, a Project Manager at NICHQ and a triathlete, reflects on the similarities between the way she improves her race time and the way that NICHQ improves health systems. “I’ve come to realize that, without even knowing it before, my training process has been a real-life example of the Model for Improvement,” she says.

Reflections on Childhood Obesity in Mississippi
NICHQ News July MS StoryThe rate of overweight and obesity among elementary age students in Mississippi dropped six percentage points between 2005 and 2011 – big news for a state with some of the highest obesity rates in the country. Dr. Gerri Cannon Smith is uniquely positioned to comment on these results and the role of the Be Our Voice project in helping make change in her state.

Parents Help Revamp Autism Treatment Center

Autism Puzzle PieceA newly formed “Family Advisory Committee” at a treatment center in Portland, Oregon, is helping autism specialists deliver more family-centered care. Read more.

For Kansas City, It’s Never Too Early to Promote Healthy Weight

NICHQ News July Kansas City StoryFocusing on children between the ages of 2 and 5, the Kansas City team in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative is becoming “Fit-Tastic” and going where the kids go to instill lifelong patterns for health. Read their story.

Breastfeeding Initiative Lights Up the Press

NICHQ News July NewspaperLast month, NICHQ launched Best Fed Beginnings, a groundbreaking initiative to improve maternity care and breastfeeding practices in hospitals across the nation. Read dozens of local news stories about the hospitals selected to participate in this unprecedented effort.

Local Solutions to a National Problem

NICHQ News July C4HW VideoWant to learn more about our Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative? Watch our new video to get an overview of the project, background on the problem, and a look at footage from the first Learning Session held in September 2011.

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