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NICHQ News - March 2013
March 2013

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Emma Lelievre (pictured above), niece of NICHQ Project Coordinator Meaghan Normandin, reminds us to take an extra chomp of our favorite nutritious and delicious foods – this and every month.

In Other News

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers resources for National Nutrition Month. more >>

NICHQ and Avalere Health assist the PHA to add healthy weight plans into electronic medical records. more >>

The New Jersey team in NICHQ’s sickle cell project creates a video about hydroxyurea treatment. more >>

A hospital in NICHQ-affiliated New York Breastfeeding project achieves “Baby-Friendly” designation.
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A heartwarming video of a deaf baby’s reaction to receiving a cochlear implant. more >>

Drexel University builds an “autism-friendly” space. more >>

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

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How My Life Course Led Me to a Focus on Breastfeeding

“In retrospect, it makes complete sense that my own life course led me to a focus on breastfeeding,” says Associate Project Director and Perinatal Operational Lead Elaine Fitzgerald in this month’s leadership message. Sparked by a passion to help vulnerable children, her journey has brought her back to the very beginning of life.

Elaine Fitzgerald
Watch 4 Hospitals on their Journey to Baby-Friendly Status

Our new video shares the experiences of four hospitals as they begin their journey to Baby-Friendly status. In the Best Fed Beginnings project, NICHQ is working with 89 hospitals across the country to help improve maternity care and increase breastfeeding rates.

Best Fed Beginnings Video
You, Too, Can Have a Patient and Family Advisory Council

This new online toolkit offers step-by-step guidance for pediatric practices on how to start, maintain or advance a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and effectively engage family perspectives in the design of customer-focused services.

PFAC Toolkit
New Series!
Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Tonya Bowman

Nearly 18 months after Tonya Bowman gave birth prematurely, her daughter, Jasmyn, was diagnosed with hearing loss. Thus began Tonya’s journey to becoming a professional parent advocate and a parent partner in NICHQ’s Improving Hearing & Intervention Systems project.

Tonya Bowman and her daughter
Practices Improve Constipation Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

As participants in NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the quality improvement team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has made important gains in developing a treatment plan for addressing constipation in children with ASD.

Autism Awareness puzzle piece
Combining Traditional Flavors and Healthy Substitutes in Nebraska

Southeastern Omaha is one of 39 communities participating in the second phase of the Healthy Weight Collaborative. Read how the team is encouraging Hispanic families to incorporate healthier substitutes into their traditional dishes through their HOLA project.

HOLA Program Acronym
New Video Series Highlights Tips for Effective Leadership

Successful quality improvement requires an engaged team guided by a strong leader. Leadership expert Gwen Webber-McLeod, a frequent presenter at NICHQ conferences, shares tips for effective leadership in this video series.

NICHQ Leadership Videos
Quality Improvement Quiz

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

There are four types of measures in quality improvement work: balancing, outcome, process and structural. Which of these statements about the four measure types is FALSE?

A. Outcome measures explain whether the change is helping to achieve the stated aim.
B. Process measures explain whether a change was accomplished and having the intended effect.
C. Structural measures indicate whether the pre-conditions that are established are more likely to result in effective processes and better outcomes.
D. Balancing measures make sure that changes aren’t causing new problems.
E. Both B and C.
F. None

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