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October 2011
Watch Us Grow!

NICHQ’s project portfolio has expanded quite a bit recently, and we are happy to welcome many new staff members to help realize our improvement goals. It’s wonderful seeing all the new faces and feeling all the fresh energy as we rise to the challenge of achieving a world in which all children receive the high quality healthcare they need.

In Other News

NICHQ Faculty and Staff to Present at APHA Annual Meeting more>>

CEO Charlie Homer pens editorial in JAMA

NICHQ Faculty C. Jason Wang Wins NIH Award more>>

Articles Feature NICHQ Obesity National Advisory Council Members more>>

Webinar on Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events Features NICHQ Faculty more>>

Our Areas of Focus

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

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An Important Time for Autism Work

On September 30, President Obama signed legislation renewing the
landmark Combating Autism Act for another three years. CEO Charlie Homer offers a hopeful leadership message about NICHQ’s ongoing improvement work with autism in a climate of political support.
CDC and NICHQ Launch Nationwide Breastfeeding Project

NICHQ will lead a nationwide effort to promote breastfeeding and
increase the number of hospitals with Baby-Friendly designation. You can learn more about the project on our website, where you can also access a form to indicate your interest in getting involved.

Bringing the Parents’ Perspective to Quality Improvement

Janet DesGeorges and other parents engaged in the Improving Hearing Screening and
Intervention Systems (IHSIS) learning collaborative are taking parent involvement to a new level, to the benefit of everyone involved. Read their inspiring story.

Let’s Go LinCo!

With the Collaborate for Healthy Weight project kicking off in
September, the team from Lincoln County, Washington, is off and running. Learn about their experience getting started. You can also read a recap of the first learning session here.

Introducing Tom Dahlborg

NICHQ is pleased to announce that Thomas Dahlborg, MSM, has joined the executive staff as Vice President for Strategy and Program Director. He will focus on integrating the organization to achieve our mission and vision through implementation of comprehensive strategic planning and performance excellence processes. Learn more about Tom.

NICHQ to Participate in Obesity Prevention in Two Massachusetts Communities

NICHQ will train healthcare professionals in Fitchburg and New Bedford, MA, as part of the state-run anti-obesity effort, Mass in Motion: Community-Clinical Partnerships to Reduce Childhood Obesity. The new project seeks to build on a variety of anti-obesity activities already underway at the community level in Massachusetts as a part of the state’s Mass in Motion wellness initiative. Learn more about NICHQ's work on this project. 

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