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Improve Health Equity for Mothers, Babies and Children
The schools we attend, the conditions in which we work, our culture and religion, and the relationships we experience: these are just a few of many factors that inform our overall health. Pursuing health equity requires considering health outside the silo of a healthcare system. Read on to find out how to make changes in your state and help ensure that all children, regardless of circumstance, achieve equity in health outcomes.
Cultural Sensitivity for Better
Breastfeeding Outcomes

A mother’s decision to breastfeed or not almost always comes from a place of concern. Cultivating better breastfeeding habits means respecting cultural beliefs while helping families consider evidence-based best practices. Here, Stacy Davis, BA, IBCLC, who possesses 17 years of community-based health experience, shares ideas on forming relationships and utilizing a series of small steps of change to uncover what might be possible.
Improve Children’s Vision in
Your State: Three Teams
Share Lessons-Learned

Early childhood eye care can drastically change a child’s health and well-being. For the past two years, improvement teams in Arizona, Ohio and Wyoming have been working to increase screenings and identify measures that can be spread to other states and communities. Here are some of their key lessons-learned.
Creating a Structure for
Improvement in Complex Systems

How do you improve early childhood development when it’s wrapped up in such a complicated system? Start by finding the existing energy at all points in the system, from parents to providers to community members. Click in for more on this and other essential strategies for using collaboration and quality improvement as catalysts for change in early childhood systems.

What’s Next for Sickle Cell
Disease? Three Areas that
Still Need Our Attention
Right now, close to 100,000 people in the U.S. are battling sickle cell disease. This means that 100,000 people, many of whom are children, spend days experiencing acute pain, dealing with costly and uncomfortable hospitalizations, and fighting off infections. We can change that. Here are three targeted areas for improvement.
In Case You Missed It
  • New Early Childhood Initiatives: We’ve announced multiple new early childhood initiatives in 2018. Find out more about our full early childhood portfolio here.
  • Executive Insights: We recently sat down with NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, to find out how he plans to drive change in 2018. Check out the video and article here
  • 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 and help spread the word about these opportunities.
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