Subject: Ringing In the New Year With Many Thanks

...with a thank you to our partners in improvement: health professionals, public health agencies, parents and families across the country who work with us to drive change in children's health. Keep reading to find out how we're building off 2017's energy to do even more in the coming year.
Let's Make 2018 the
Year of Improvement
By the end of 2017, we had helped lower infant mortality rates by 5 percent, gave 10,000 more children with sickle cell disease access to quality care, and ensured that 200,000 more infants were breastfed nationwide and an additional 214,000 families were provided with hospital environments that support breastfeeding. We’re thrilled with 2017 but we’re not done improving. Forward this email to a friend and help us make 2018 even more successful. 
What's Your New 
Year's Resolution?
How about tackling childhood obesity? Did you know that one in five school aged children are now obese? 
Let’s start the Year of Improvement by working to change that number. In our Collaborative Action Now to Defeat Obesity (CAN DO) Playbook, we provide six essential strategies to help primary care, public health and community leaders work together to defeat obesity. Get started.
Our New Year's Promise
We’re making good on our promise to seek transformative change in the systems impacting children’s health. Our 2018 projects are prioritizing early childhood health and kindergarten readiness, improving maternal and infant health outcomes, and focusing on targeted interventions for childhood epilepsy and asthma. Keep track of our current initiatives and watch what our partners accomplish this year.
Improving Together in 2018
Starting an improvement initiative can be overwhelming. Whether you are launching a new policy or looking to improve on current practices, NICHQ can help. We work with states, communities and hospitals to drive dramatic systems change to improve children’s health. Among our many improvement efforts, we strive to:
  • Lower rates of childhood obesity
  • Reduce infant mortality rates
  • Support early childhood health, including vision and oral care
  • Enhance treatment of sickle cell disease
Let us work with you to launch your improvement effort. 
Want to hear more about our work? Visit the Insights section of our website for expert opinions and project highlights. 
National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), 30 Winter Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, United States
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