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NICHQ News - April 2013
April 2013

In NICHQ’s home city of Boston, we were and still are stunned by the events of Marathon Monday. We are thankful that NICHQ’s two staff members who ran the race and the many employees, families and friends who cheered them on from the sidelines were not injured. We are proud of our city, of the first responders and others who bravely and quickly assisted the victims, and of the medical personnel who did what they do best. We send our thoughts and prayers to all the children and families affected by this terrible tragedy and continue to stand strong and move forward.


In Other News

Join us April 26 at 1 p.m. EDT for a webinar with AMCHP on promoting healthy weight in maternal- child health populations. more>>

NICHQ participates in Boston Moves flash mob to promote active lifestyles.

New NICHQ infographic illustrates the impact of loss to follow-up in newborn hearing screening.

Join us May 7 at 1 p.m. EDT for a webinar on lessons learned in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative.

NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs about the importance of respecting patients' spiritual beliefs.

New data suggests breastfeeding rates for black American women increase but continue to lag overall.

Research team begins work on a genetic newborn hearing screening test.

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- Infant Health Outcomes
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We Need New Models of Care for Children with Autism

NICHQ is recognizing National Autism Awareness Month with videos, infographics and more, including a leadership message—co-written by NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer, MD, and autism advocates Daniel Coury, MD, and James Perrin, MD—on the need for better integration between medical and behavioral care.

Autism Awareness puzzle piece
Putting Insomnia to Bed for Children with Autism

The Toronto team in NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is working to educate families of children with autism on the best ways to reduce insomnia. Image courtesy of faverave photography on Flickr.

Autism and Insomnia
Announcing NICHQ’s New Breastfeeding Website

NICHQ is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website and home base for anyone interested in improving breastfeeding support. The site offers news, strategies and tools to help birthing facilities improve maternity care to better support mothers who choose to breastfeed.

Goodbye Nursery, Hello Rooming-In

Hospitals participating in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative are moving away from traditional nurseries and keeping mothers and babies together 24 hours a day, a practice known as “rooming-in.” One hospital went from 10 percent to 100 percent rooming-in in less than a year.

Reshaping the Obesity Discussion

Motivational interviewing (MI), a counseling approach first used to treat people with alcoholism and substance abuse, is now finding practical application in helping to combat obesity. Robert Schwartz, MD, a faculty advisor to NICHQ’s Mass in Motion Kids project, discusses how providers can use MI to engage patients in healthy behavior change.

Robert Schwartz
A Better Way to Navigate Care and Social Obstacles for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

The Colorado team in the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project has developed a patient navigator program to help patients with sickle cell disease find primary care physicians and overcome social obstacles that interfere with healthcare.

SCD Navigator
Tutus and Turns to Tackle Obesity in Connecticut

A community-based health center in Waterbury, Conn., one of 39 participants in the second phase of the Healthy Weight Collaborative, is partnering with a local arts organization to offer kids just what the doctor ordered: dance.

Dance Rx
Quality Improvement Quiz

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

Before starting a QI project, it is important to build an effective team. Who are the key players to have working on a QI project?

A. Systems or organization leadership
B. People with clinical or technical expertise
C. Day-to-day leadership
D. A, B and C

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