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NICHQ News July 2016
Why The Health Equity Divide Needs to be Closed Right Now
"Now is the time to put health equity first," writes guest blogger Cindy Hutter. "In just a few years, children of a minority race or ethnic group will make up the majority in the U.S., which means, if we do nothing now to stop the current trends, the overwhelming majority of U.S. children will experience sub-optimal health outcomes."
Cindy Hutter

4 Benefits to Testing Before Implementing QI Changes
Quality improvement can lead to better practices for providers and refined care for patients. However, for changes to be successful and sustainable, they need to be tested rigorously before adoption. Not only does testing highlight opportunity for improvement, it also allows for scalable implementation.

QI Tips: The Benefits of Testing

Having a Ball with the NBA While Preventing Childhood Obesity
We've partnered with NBA FIT, the league's comprehensive health and wellness platform, to help children and families be active, eat healthy and play together. To achieve our shared goal of preventing and reducing childhood obesity, NBA FIT, NICHQ and other league partners will collaborate on community events and other resources for families, as well as tracking their effectiveness.

New Issue Brief on Medicaid Strategies to Increase LARC Access
The National Academy for State Health Policy and NICHQ have issued a new issue brief on increasing access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Through new Medicaid policies, LARC could become more readily available to women, which would help reduce unplanned pregnancies and infant mortality.

Why I Participate: by Parent Partner Ivette Torres
Postpartum support is critical to successful breastfeeding, making it important for hospitals to provide appropriate care to new moms. Ivette Torres, a parent partner in our Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, is using her breastfeeding experiences to improve support for mothers across Texas.
Why I Participate

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