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New Video: Improving breastfeeding support through milk banks
In this exclusive tour of the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, NICHQ goes behind the scenes into how a milk bank works and why donation milk is so important for helping families to support breastfeeding.

Featured Publication

In this article in the September edition of the journal Pediatrics, NICHQ’s Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH, and co-authors present findings that the drug hydroxyurea reduces hospitalizations and lowers annual medical costs for sickle cell patients.

Monthly Highlight

NICHQ is proud to share that the Knights of Columbus in Beverly, Massachusetts has awarded Tracy Munro, our operations coordinator and executive assistant to our CEO, the 2013 Keepers Award for her part in helping 7 year old Jane Richard after the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.


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Celebrate Sickle Cell Awareness Month and Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with NICHQ by exploring our resources, stories, videos and other materials on the topics.

Find NICHQ CEO Charlie Homer, MD, speaking about using quality improvement to increase breastfeeding rates at the Centering Healthcare National Conference Oct. 26-29 in Washington, DC.

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An aim statement for your quality improvement project should include which of the following components?
A. “What" and “For Whom"
B. “What,” “For Whom” and “By When”
C. “What,” “For Whom,” “By When” and “How Much” Vote in NICHQ
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Innovations in Sickle Cell Healthcare Can Improve Care for Everyone
Leadership Message

September is my favorite month. As a true New Englander, I love it when the weather starts to get crisper, the fall fruits come into season, the leaves start changing color, and all the back to school activities commence after Labor Day. In the past two years (since I started working at NICHQ), I have come to appreciate September for another very important reason: September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

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Kate Vaughn

Dental Care Takes on New Role in Traditional Medical Care Settings

Many general and specialty medical clinics for treating children and young adults are putting an increased value on oral healthcare. The focus is having a positive effect on patient outcomes across the health spectrum. Medical care providers report patients with better dental hygiene not only reduce their amount of tooth decay, which is linked to a variety of chronic conditions, but form healthier eating habits that help lead to lower obesity rates and fewer dental-related emergency room visits.

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Infant having teeth brushed by parent

How to Build an Effective Team for Quality Improvement Work

Whatever health advocacy or quality improvement (QI) work you’re doing, chances are you aren’t embarking on the challenge alone. From fighting obesity in the community to campaigning for policy makers to make public health improvements, building an effective team is often the first step toward making a difference. Finding the right kind and right number of members for your team will make all the difference in the success or failure of your work.

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QI team-building

Overcoming Confusion and Misinformation About a Life-Saving Drug

For the past seven years, Patricia Kavanagh, MD, who specializes in pediatric care at Boston Medical Center, participated in a camp that catered to children with sickle cell disease and other serious diseases. Initially, children with the genetic blood disorder were physically smaller and had less energy; Kavanagh constantly mistook children for being several years younger than they were. In the last few years, she has noticed a drastic difference: children are appropriate sizes and have more energy.

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Healthy red blood cells

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