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

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Bedsharing, Breastfeeding
and Babies Dying

Bedsharing can lead to longer breastfeeding duration. It also leads to more infant deaths. These opposing facts represent a major dilemma for those working to improve infant health. What should be done when strategies that put babies in danger also support behaviors that improve outcomes? In this article, Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician and safe sleep and breastfeeding expert, provides answers.

Did You Know Trauma Affects Nearly Half of American Children?
In the United States, 34.8 million children
—nearly half of American children—are exposed to adverse childhood experiences. These experiences fall under the category of early childhood trauma and can severely harm children's future health and well-being. Find out how to make a difference and raise awareness about this rampant and often unreported problem.
Go Ahead, Call Him Four Eyes
"I certainly didn’t know my now 18-month-old son needed glasses," shares NICHQ's Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy. Read her story of how a vision screening showed an impairment she couldn't have known existed, and find out what NICHQ is doing to have an impact on the children's vision screening system.

What Comes First?
The Policy or the Change?

Changing hospital and state-level policy is often a long and challenging process. Luckily, quality improvement can occur before policies are in place. Interested in finding out how? In this article, you’ll find strategies for creating a culture of change that paves the way for updating and implementing policies. Follow this advice and you’ll find yourself on a much smoother path to policy improvement. 
 
Join Us for a Webinar Double Feature
Improving Infant Safe Sleep Conversations:
Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits

Join NICHQ for a webinar on April 25 at 2 p.m. ET aimed at helping caregivers increase their ability to have successful conversations about safe sleep environments. Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, will share and model tactics as well as role-play conversations that will provide language and strategies that caregivers can put into practice immediately following the webinar. Register here.

Engaging Families from Diverse Backgrounds with Developmental Screening and Child Well-Being
Developmental screenings can change children’s lives. Screenings help ensure early diagnosis so that children with disabilities can receive the right care at the right time. Join NICHQ for a webinar on April 25 at 3 p.m. ET to find out how to engage families from diverse backgrounds and improve screenings in your state. Participants will walk away from the webinar with the strategies, tools and resources they need to increase family engagement and improve their developmental screening process. Register here.
In Case You Missed It 
  • NICHQ CEO Discusses Two-Generation Health: In this article, NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, offers insight on leveraging a two-generation approach to drive systems-level change and achieve health equity. Don’t forget to watch the video, where one of our project directors shares her thoughts on putting this approach in action during her work in early childhood.
  • New NICHQers: We’ve recently hired some fantastic new staff, all of whom are passionate about improving children’s health outcomes. Check out their profiles to find out what makes them come through our doors every day, energized and ready to drive change. Interested in joining our team? You can view our open postings here.
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