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NICHQ News: December 2012
December 2012

Even though the winter months bring colder weather for most, that doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. Sajel Elizabeth Streb (above), daughter of NICHQ’s Director of Programs Karthi Streb, seems ready to remind us to bundle up, get out there and stay active.

In Other News

Radio interview with NICHQ’s Dr. Suzette Oyeku about sickle cell disease. more>>

Stony Brook University Hospital changes maternity care culture through NICHQ initiatives. more>>

NICHQ’s Tom Dahlborg blogs about a healthcare improvement approach he calls LOVE (Listen, Observe, Visit, Engage). more>>

The New York Times reports on lowered rates of childhood obesity in several US cities. more >>

New research shows that kids with sickle cell disease need more help transitioning to adult care. more>>

Bob Wright of Autism Speaks calls for a national autism strategy. more>>

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Patricia FinnertyFollowing Up on the Promise of Newborn Screening

In this month’s leadership message, Patricia Finnerty, MS, operational lead for NICHQ’s newborn hearing and sickle cell projects, reflects on the 50th anniversary of the newborn screening program. "It’s time for us to completely fulfill the promise of the program begun 50 years ago by ensuring all children receive appropriate follow-up care and services," she says.

Dr. Kwaku Ohene-FrempondKwaku Ohene-Frempong Shares a Global Perspective on SCD

As the faculty chair of NICHQ’s Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare (WISCH) project, Dr. Kwaku Ohebe-Frempong discusses the importance of sickle cell screening and disparities between the US and abroad. "If we can take what we learn from the [WISCH teams] to teach other states, programs, and treatment centers, we can help the country move forward to implement the best practices in patient care and newborn screening," he says.

Medical HomeTransitioning Into a Patient-Centered Medical Home

With a year under their belts as part of the CHIPRA Massachusetts Medical Home Initiative, 13 pediatric practices are transforming their offices into patient-centered medical homes. Read about the steps that have been most successful.

Healthy Weight Collaborative Action KitLearn How to Promote Healthy Weight in Your Community

NICHQ has compiled helpful, insider resources from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative for public use. Check out our new Healthy Weight Collaborative Action Kit to start promoting healthy weight and making change in your community.

SmartphoneExploring New Technology for Managing Sickle Cell Disease

NICHQ is excited to announce that we are collaborating with the healthcare consulting firm The Lewin Group to improve the care of people with sickle cell disease. The project will explore whether electronic technology, like a smart phone app or a website, can help patients with sickle cell disease manage their care.

Healthy FoodHealthy Weight Collaborative Phase 2 Team Snapshot

Holmes County, Ohio, is one of 39 communities participating in the second phase of the Healthy Weight Collaborative. Read how this church-based team is introducing healthy eating and cooking to their congregants.

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