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NICHQ News - May 2013
May 2013

As spring transitions to summer, NICHQ is stepping outside and taking in the season. Like Danielle and Siara Small (above), twin daughters of NICHQ Director of Communications Jonathan Small, we hope you also take a moment to enjoy the flowers.

In Other News

VIDEO: Autism expert Dan Coury talks about improving autism care using quality improvement. more>>

VIDEO: A NICHQ parent partner recounts her son's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

A team in NICHQ’s Healthy Weight Collaborative wins second place in the Childhood Obesity Challenge.

NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs about the importance of taking the time to know the whole patient.

WEBINAR: NICHQ participates in a webinar on the Sickle Cell Treatment Act.

NEW STUDY: Nearly half of adolescents lack a patient-centered medical home.

NEW REPORTS: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality releases reports on disparities in access to care and healthcare quality measurement. more>>

Adding lawyers to medical practice staff can improve patient-centered care.

Our Areas of Focus
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Breastfeeding
- Infant Health Outcomes
- Medical Home
- Newborn Hearing
- Obesity
- Sickle Cell Disease

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My Road to Medical School

Hillary Anderson is leaving NICHQ next month after almost five years as a project coordinator and manager to go to medical school. Read about her decision to become a doctor in this month's Leadership Message.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Hillary Anderson
Slow and Steady Breastfeeding Education Wins Over Moms

Hospitals in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative are educating moms on breastfeeding and providing support in three stages: during pregnancy, in the hospital and after discharge. The result: higher breastfeeding rates.

Image courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Best Fed Beginnings
Outgrowing Pediatrics Without the Growing Pains

Pediatric medical practices in the CHIPRA Massachusetts Medical Home Initiative are starting early to help adolescents—along with their parents and new doctors—make smooth transitions to adult care.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Medical Home
Let’s Go LinCo Takes Healthy Weight Message to Schools

Lincoln County, Wash., a participant in NICHQ’s Healthy Weight Collaborative, is taking its healthy weight message to area schools with the hopes that the message will trickle through families and improve the overall health of the community.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Healthy Weight Collaborative
How Texas is Tackling Low Breastfeeding Rates

Longtime breastfeeding advocate and faculty advisor to NICHQ’s Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, Pamela Berens, MD, discusses what the Lone Star State is doing to help more moms breastfeed.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Pamela Berens
Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Wendy Hewitt

When her son Ruger did not pass his newborn hearing screening test, Wendy Hewitt was sent through a complex maze of specialists to get her son the care he needed. Now, 11 years later, Hewitt is an active parent advocate and parent partner in NICHQ’s Improving Hearing Screening & Intervention Systems project.

NICHQ News - May2013 - Wendy Hewitt
New Videos!
Learn Tips for Engaging Extended Partners

Leadership expert Gwen Webber-McLeod, a frequent presenter at NICHQ conferences, shares tips for recruiting partners and sustaining effective working relationships in part two of a leadership video series.

NICHQ Leadership Videos
Quality Improvement Quiz

Test your knowledge and learn more in this month’s QI Quiz!

Some key implementation practices to make an improvement stick include documentation, resourcing, standardization and training. Which of the following is an example of standardization?

A. Updating policies
B. Testing new job descriptions
C. Providing staff training
D. Purchasing new equipment

Vote now in NICHQ's monthly QI Quiz!

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