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February 2013

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.

Infographic illustrates the patient-centered medical home model.

The CDC reports that more mothers are breastfeeding.

The USDA proposes new standards for food options at schools.

NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs about the importance of thanking front-line medical workers.

Our Areas of Focus
- Obesity
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Autism
- Breastfeeding
- Neonatal Care
- Medical Home
- Newborn Hearing

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Tamar KaimRerouting 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.

Mother breastfeeding her infantHow 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.

GlowCap works with the Vitality Health Hub to remind patients to take their medications. 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.

Elizabeth SeeligerSustaining 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.

Zumba class at Delaware State UniversityMixing 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.

Cristin Lind’s map of the people and organizations that contribute to her son’s complex medical care 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 last month.

Cristin shared her story with NICHQ last year.

Quality Improvement Quiz

Vote now in NICHQ's monthly QI 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)

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