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NICHQ News June 2013
June 2013

No age is too young to get in the spirit of graduation season, as evidenced by Mya Muscolino and her sister Lauren (above), nieces of NICHQ’s Senior Communications Manager Cindy Hutter, at Mya’s preschool graduation.

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In Other News

NICHO CEO Charlie Homer testifies to a Boston City Council committee about the need for more resources and services for people with sickle cell disease. more>>

RESEARCH: Americans are drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

REPORT: Patients receiving care through medical homes are more likely to get regular preventative care.

RESEARCH: Study confirms effectiveness of otoacoustic emissions to screen young children for hearing loss.

View two posters about NICHQ’s autism collaborative work displayed at the Combating Autism Act Initiative Conference.

RESEARCH: Text messages helped children with sickle cell disease adhere to a medicine regiment.

REPORT: The Institute of Medicine reports on the importance of physical education at school.

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

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The Black Diamond of Improvement Projects

In this month’s Leadership Message, Cindy Hannon, NICHQ’s associate project director of Collaborate for Healthy Weight, reflects on the official end of this breakthrough initiative, what was learned, and how to “carry this new knowledge up the mountain for the next run.”

Cindy Hannon
Not Just Recordkeeping: Electronic Medical Records Are Improving Services

In the CHIPRA Massachusetts Medical Home Initiative, electronic medical records are helping pediatric practices accelerate service delivery, reduce errors and keep patients informed.
Image courtesy of brach0 on Flickr

NICHQ News - June 2013 - Medical Home EMRs
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Learn About the Value of Family Partnerships

Parents and family participants are vital to NICHQ’s quality improvement work. In this three-minute video, see what healthcare practitioners and family volunteers have to say about the experience of working together.

NICHQ News - June 2013 - Parent Partners Video
Brother Advocates for Change in Sickle Cell Disease Care

Dennis McCullum is an outspoken advocate for sickle cell disease, which took his brother when they were children. Through the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project, he is finding new ways to help others talk about pain leading to improved care.

NICHQ News - June 2013 - Dennis McCullum
Key to Autism Access Answer Lives in Community Physicians

Donna Murray, senior director of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, shares how teams in the Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder project are making strides in addressing access issues.

NICHQ News - June 2013 - Donna Murray
Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Trang Neimetz

The parent chair for the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative shares her personal story of facing challenges with breastfeeding and what led her to advocate for improved breastfeeding support for families.

NICHQ News - June 2013 - Trang Neimetz
Quality Improvement Quiz

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

Which of the following statements apply when using quality improvement techniques to test changes?

A. Test small
B. Test under a wide variety of conditions
C. Learn as you go
D. Tests need a question, prediction and data collection plan
E. All of the above

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