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

Stumping Out Prenatal Smoking in West Virginia
Tobacco use during pregnancy increases the rate of stillbirth, preterm birth, birth defects, low birth weight and infant mortality. Despite this information, some states have consistently high rates of women smoking while pregnant. Read how West Virginia succeeded in addressing this challenge as part of the NICHQ-led Infant Mortality CoIIN.
The Intersection of Health
Equity and Health Literacy

As many as 88 percent of adult Americans lack the health literacy skills necessary to make appropriate health decisions, both for themselves and their families. Learn why NICHQ leaders believe that using a health literacy perspective in our work will help us achieve our health equity goals.
New Framework to Curb Births of
Babies Born Dependent to Drugs

How can we best diagnosis and treat opioid addiction in women and infants? This new Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Framework will support state level discussions to better understand how collective efforts can prevent in-utero opioid exposure and impact the incidence of NAS.
4 Steps for Starting a Patient
and Family Advisory Council

A cross between a focus group and an improvement team, a patient and family advisory council (PFAC) enables a healthcare facility to engage customers in improving the quality of care provided. The PFAC platform helps providers and patients work side-by-side to discuss and test ways to enhance service delivery.
Join Us for Our Free Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality
The second to last webinar, The Prematurity Campaign Collaborative, takes place Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The final webinar, Aligning State and Local Health Departments to  
Improve Maternal and Child Health, takes place Sept. 28 at 
12:30 pm E.T. Register today.
In Case You Missed It
  • We’re hiring: NICHQ is seeking outstanding people who share our passion and work with integrity to bring innovative solutions to help children and families live healthier lives. Check out our postings for a Chief Health Officer and an Improvement Advisor and help spread the word about these opportunities.
  • Join CEO Scott Berns at HUBweek: NICHQ CEO Scott Berns will be giving the keynote address at HUBweek's Healthcare Redesign Collaborative, which explores where new technology intersects with healthcare, social services and public health. 
  • Say hello at CityMatCH: NICHQ will have a booth at the CityMatCH Leadership Conference this week. Stop by and get a demo of a few new interactive tools to support your maternal and child health work.
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