Subject: Your Inspiration & Resources for Improving Children's Health

Family Partners Provide Unique Lens for Change
Parents of children with special health needs become experts on their children’s condition in a way that doctors and administrators cannot. Their countless hours on the front line, navigating the healthcare system and other community resources, gives them invaluable insight into how these systems work (and do not work) for them.
Collaborative Approach Helps MN Accelerate Improvements
Sometimes there is a disconnect between knowing what needs to be done and implementing it in practice. The Minnesota Department of Health, a participant in the NICHQ-led Infant Mortality CoIIN initiative, is embracing learning and collaborating with other states to speed up its efforts to adopt evidence-based strategies to increase the number of full term births in the state.
Setting the Stage for Sustainability in QI Projects
In all types of quality improvement efforts, sustainability is a vital consideration that often goes overlooked until the project’s final stages. With the right balance of foresight and strategy, however, team leaders can plan for sustainability and create quality improvement projects with truly powerful impact. 
Mapping State Medicaid Efforts to Improve Birth Outcomes
New maps show state Medicaid quality metrics and performance-based incentives for women’s health services to improve birth outcomes. “Only through coordinated efforts like these will we be able to continue to support states in putting the resources and tools in place to improve outcomes for mothers and babies,” says NICHQ Project Director Zhandra Levesque.
Join Us for These Free Webinars
An Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality:
The six-part webinar series, starting July 27, is an opportunity for health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improving maternal and infant health.

Co-authors of the Pediatrics journal article, “Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding,” will share insights and analysis on the initiative’s major achievements and answer attendees’ questions during the Aug. 2 webinar.
In Case You Missed It
  • Big News: We are excited to share we are launching a new website in August! It includes a searchable resource catalog, a navigable content library, mobile friendly design and interactive features. We can’t wait to share it with you.
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