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Is your hospital struggling with measuring or enhancing its TJC perinatal care measures?

NICHQ's new Improving Performance on TJC Breastfeeding Measures group coaching program provides hospitals with the advice, mentorship and support they need to improve their performance on The Joint Commission perinatal care measures 05 and 05a. Learn more about this unique program.
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CoIIN Infant Mortality Video
Hear how participants in our Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality initiative are addressing the embarrassingly high US infant mortality rate.
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NICHQ's Care Plan Template lets pediatric practices pick and choose items to include in their care plans and then export and print the plans for immediate use.
> Leaders of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality have selected six strategies that states will focus on during the initiative. 

> Congratulations to NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer, MD, for being named the 2015 Academic Pediatric Association Public Policy and Advocacy Award winner.
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Breastfeeding Success Depends On Support During Pregnancy as Much as After

Most new moms have heard the message that breastfeeding is best for the health of their baby. Unfortunately, successfully meeting a breastfeeding goal isn't always as easy as deciding to breastfeed. Education about breastfeeding during pregnancy can help just as much as post pregnancy, yet it is often not emphasized enough, says Pamela Berens, MD. A prenatal education roadmap can help providers offer this support. Read More.

Pamela Berens
How to Start a Community Healthy Weight Clinic

The Holyoke Health Center’s Healthy Weight Clinic is changing lives. In a recent 5-month group session, nearly 50 percent of the participants decreased their BMI. We recently sat down with the center’s director, Vincent Biggs, MD, to get tips for starting and running a healthy weight clinic. Read More.

Child Eating Healthy Outs
Breastfeeding Collaboratives Provide Road Map for Long-Term Success

Increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates can seem like a lofty goal for some hospitals, particularly when rates hover below 20 percent. Several hospitals participating in NICHQ-led learning collaboratives found a path that not only brought double-digit growth, but also set the stage for Baby-Friendly designation. Now these hospitals are using best practices to sustain breastfeeding rates and improve outcomes in other clinical areas. Read More.

Targeted Success
Sickle Cell Pain Protocol Reduces Wait Times for Meds and Eases Patient Frustration

To improve the care of its sickle cell patients, Boston Medical Center developed a drug protocol that makes it possible to make quick, accurate decisions about acute care. As a result, the average time to first dose of medication for sickle cell patients experiencing a pain crisis dropped from nearly an hour to 22 minutes. ER staff also stopped second-guessing sickle cell patients asking for pain killers. Read More.

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