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February 2012

NICHQ wishes health and love to all the little Valentines this month and throughout the year. One of our personal favorites is Sajel Elizabeth Streb (pictured above), daughter of NICHQ’s Associate Project Director, Karthi Streb.

In Other News

Recruitment for our Best Fed Beginnings Initiative starts in March more>>

Study finds that breast-fed babies born to women with Gestational Diabetes have lower obesity risk

The USDA releases new standards for school meals more>>

HHS announces a new health care law to expand the primary care physician workforce more>>

Our Areas of Focus

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

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An Improvement Wake-Up Call

“It never ceases to amaze me what I learn from my children, especially the youngest ones – my eight-year-old twin daughters.”

In this month's Leadership Message, NICHQ’s Communications Director, Jonathan Small, reflects on the improvement lessons he learned when his children took charge of their morning routine.

New Toolkits for Providers and Families of Children with Hearing Loss or Epilepsy
Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCNs) account for almost 1 in 5 children in the United States. NICHQ is pleased to present new toolkits to help providers and families better support their care and help develop community-based systems that address their needs. While these toolkits focus on children with hearing loss or epilepsy, many of the tools and tips are relevant for all CYSHCNs.

Meet Our New Staff Members

NICHQ has added seven new employees in the past two months, reflecting a steady growth trend for the organization. Our new staff members are, Lexi Abel, Tricia Finnerty, Cindy Hannon, Alana Krafchin, Carrie Peltier, Adam Richman, and Heather Scudellari.

Learn more about them and the reasons for NICHQ’s recent growth.

Healthy Weight Update

“We set out to work in an integrated fashion across primary care, public health, and community,” says Kathy Reims, the Improvement Advisor coaching the ten teams involved in Phase One of the Healthy Weight Learning Collaborative. “All the teams have really embraced that and are working very, very hard in each one of those areas.”

>> Read an update on each of the teams
>> Read a story about work that the Montana Team is doing in primary care

Cristin Lind’s Story

Cristin Lind is a parent of two, an advocate for children with special healthcare needs, and a Parent Partner on NICHQ’s Massachusetts Medical Home Initiative.

Learn about her experience as a parent of a child with special needs and about her path to finding a calling.

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