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November 2012

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, NICHQ would like to thank all our friends and colleagues who work tirelessly around the clock to improve health and healthcare for kids. We wish everyone a warm, relaxing and delicious holiday.

In Other News

Join us on November 27 at 1pm ET for a webinar on promoting workplace wellness. more>>

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of newborn screening. more>>

NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs his encouragement for providers to re-prioritize compassion. more>>

The Association of American Indian Physicians releases a policy brief on the high prevalence of obesity in tribal communities. more >>

New journal article in Pediatrics highlights NICHQ’s quality improvement work for children with autism. more>>

Our Areas of Focus
- Obesity
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Autism
- Breastfeeding
- Neonatal Care
- Medical Home
- Newborn Hearing

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Now What?

NICHQ-News-Nov2012_CharlieIn this month’s Leadership Message, NICHQ CEO Charles Homer, MD, MPH, shares his post-election reflections. “The results of this election are likely to have far-reaching implications for NICHQ and our mission,” he says.

Texting to Help Families with Sickle Cell Disease

NICHQ-News-Nov2012_SickleCell The Missouri team in the WISCH (Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare) project is using text messaging to help young families focus on development goals for their children with sickle cell disease. Read about how this technology is making a difference.

Q&A with Dr. Dan Coury, Autism Faculty Chair

NICHQ-News-Nov2012_Coury As the Faculty Chair of NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Autism Care, Dr. Dan Coury discusses how this quality improvement effort is targeting three specific areas that affect children with autism: long wait times for treatment, constipation and insomnia.

Joining Forces for Healthier Communities: A New Report

NICHQ-News-Nov2012_C4HW-ReportA new Progress Report from NICHQ’s Collaborate for Healthy Weight project presents examples of how the ten Phase 1 cross-disciplinary teams are carrying out their work with creativity, commitment and shared passion to improve the health of their communities.

Healthy Weight Collaborative Phase 2 Team Snapshot

NICHQ-News-Nov2012_HolyokeHolyoke, Massachusetts, is one of 39 communities participating in the second phase of the Healthy Weight Collaborative. Read about how healthcare professionals, community members and the local government are working together to spread a healthy weight message.

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