NICHQ wishes health and love to all the little Valentines this month and throughout the year. One of our personal favorites is Rebecca Giegel (pictured above), niece of NICHQ’s Chief Operating Officer Rachel Steele.
In Other News
Join us on March 12 at 1:30pm ET for a webinar on using national and state resources to promote healthy weight. more>>
New research: prenatal intake of folic acid can reduce the risk of autism. more>>
Infographic illustrates the patient-centered medical home model. more>>
The CDC reports that more mothers are breastfeeding. more>>
The USDA proposes new standards for food options at schools. more>>
NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs about the importance of thanking front-line medical workers. more>>
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|Rerouting Rivers: To Health Equity … and Beyond
In this month’s leadership message, NICHQ Development Officer Tamar Kaim reflects
on a childhood experience that opened her eyes to issues of health disparities and moved her personal journey toward work in quality improvement.
|How One Hospital Dramatically Increased Breastfeeding Rates
Stony Brook University Hospital raised
its exclusive breastfeeding rates from 10 percent to 40 percent by overcoming two essential hurdles: leadership and staff buy-in. The hospital’s new goal is to reach 60 percent.
|Improving Sickle Cell Disease Care Beyond the Clinic
From text reminders to self-monitoring pill bottles, healthcare providers in the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project are using
technology to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease when they leave the doctor’s office.
|Sustaining Improvements in Hearing Screening
Wisconsin’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program Director Elizabeth Seeliger, MD, found
that her state used to struggle with changing its complex system. But after participating in NICHQ’s first hearing screening improvement project six years ago, she has become a devoted quality improvement advocate.
|Mixing Nightlife and Healthy Weight at Delaware State University
The state of Delaware is one of 39 communities participating in the second phase of the Healthy Weight Collaborative. The team is targeting
children and adults in four different settings, including one that no other team in the Healthy Weight Collaborative is tackling – a college campus.
|A Map to Raising a Child with Complex Medical Needs
NICHQ Board Member Cristin Lind’s map
of the people and organizations that contribute to her son’s complex medical care received national attention in the Huffington Post
and on HuffPost Live
Cristin shared her story
with NICHQ last year.
|Quality Improvement Quiz
Test your knowledge and learn more in this month’s QI Quiz
What is the name of the quality improvement cycle we use to test and implement change?
A. Plan-Study-Do-Repeat (PSDR)
B. Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)
C. Try-Observe-Act-Duplicate (TOAD)
D. Try-Study-Try-Study (TSTS)