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

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Ignoring Safe Sleep Progress
Risks Increasing Safe Sleep Deaths

A recent American Academy of Pediatrics article concluded that states needed to re-examine their efforts to improve safe-sleep practices. However, along with understanding where progress has stalled, there is much to learn from progress that has been made. Click in to find out what's been done, what strategies to leverage and what we're doing now.
If We Transform Early Childhood
Systems, We Transform Society

“The growing awareness that the social determinants of health are the same as the social determinants of education, and that life outcomes are greatly influenced by what happens in early childhood, have created new opportunities to bridge systems together at the national, state and local level,” says NICHQ’s Clinical Director of Early Childhood Initiatives Jill Sells, MD, FAAP. Click in to find out how it is creating some impressive momentum.
Mastering the Planning
Stage of PDSA Cycles

The planning stage sets the foundation of your Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle. Get it right and you are on your way to making changes that lead to improvement. Get it wrong and your whole PDSA cycle may be unproductive. Are you ready to enhance your improvement efforts? Click in for tips on improving each element of your planning stage.
From 50th in the Nation
to a National Success

Right now, more than 15 percent of children miss out on early developmental screenings, losing their chance to benefit from the tools and resources that can help safeguard their future health. Find out what Delaware did to revolutionize their screening process. Click here for actionable advice on making sure you are leveraging every opportunity to help children start school healthy and prepared.

Featured Resource:
Two Skill-Building Video Series with Leadership Expert
 Gwen Webber-McLeod
We received requests to bring back these two video series, and we listened! 
  • 4 Strategies for Leading Effectively: Improvement initiatives are often won or lost depending on leadership style. Click in to gain the skills you need to maximize your team's efforts. 
  • 5 Strategies for Engaging Extended Partners: Partnerships are at the heart of improvement initiatives. Click in to find out how to find the right partners and keep them engaged throughout the life of your initiative.  
In Case You Missed It 
  • New case study: Find out more about an initiative that led to 62,000 new mothers and babies receiving improved care in environments tailored to support better breastfeeding practices and education. 
  • New publication: Interested in learning more about the growing number of national networks of state perinatal quality collaboratives? NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, is an author on this new publication.
  • 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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