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Featured Infographic 2014
It’s Autism Awareness Month. Check out our infographic, which highlights some of the lesser-known aspects of autism spectrum disorders.
> NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg takes to the airways on the radio show Speak Up and Stay Alive to talk about healthcare and the patient experience.

> NICHQ’s Shikha Anand is featured in an article in The Atlantic about improving access to healthy foods as a form of preventative medicine.
Monthly QI Quiz
After an initial Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, which of the following is least likely to happen?
A. Abandon the change idea
B. Adapt or modify the change idea
C. Implement the change idea
D. Expand the scope of the change idea
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A New Name for NICHQ

Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Against this thematic backdrop, NICHQ President and CEO Charlie Homer shares the rationale behind NICHQ's new name: National Institute for Children's Health Quality. "These changes may be small in terms of words, but they are large in terms of meaning," he says. Read More.

How to Grow a Breastfeeding Initiative
Local to Statewide

Texas has almost 400,000 births a year, a whopping 10 percent of all births in the country. The state has made a significant commitment to increase breastfeeding rates for these babies through its Texas Ten Step Star Achiever program. In this Q&A, Julie Stagg of the Texas Department of State Health Services shares how Texas has been able to take a local initiative statewide to make progress on improving its breastfeeding rates. Read More.

Baby Suckling
Giving Families a Seat at the Treatment
Goal-Setting Table

As any business book will tell you, getting team members onboard with a project is best accomplished by integrating them in all aspects of the work — including the goal setting process. This principle is certainly true in healthcare. Several teams in NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder project have adopted a new model of care that prioritizes input from families in setting goals for treatment outcomes. Read More.

Giving Families a Seat at the Treatment Goal Setting Table
The Power of a Phone Call: Following Up
on Sickle Cell Disease

Newborn screening for sickle cell disease is mandatory in the US. Despite this, many get lost in the system: some families don’t get the results of screening, others don’t understand them or don’t follow up for a variety of reasons. Through a national effort called Working to Improve Sickle Cell Disease Healthcare (WISCH), NICHQ is helping centers around the country address this problem by improving follow-up procedures. Read More.

Sickle Cell Red Blood Cells

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