Goodnight, Safe Sleep
A smiling baby sighs in her sleep. A small fist uncurls and then settles. Safeguarding this peaceful image means working collaboratively to remove barriers to infant safe sleep. Scroll down to learn how.
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Thousands of infants die each year while sleeping, a painful reality that no family should have to face. Many of these deaths are preventable. Every day, through multiple initiatives, we work with families, hospitals and communities to reduce these instances and promote infant safe sleep practices. When we know the right levers, we can help more babies reach year one.
Safe Sleep Starts Here
4 Strategies to Drive Change
- Endorse AAP guidelines for infant safe sleep, including promoting breastfeeding in a safe sleep environment
- Ensure infant caregivers have the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy to practice safe sleep
- Activate community champions
- Create supportive policies for safe sleep practices
Now that you know the strategies, you need some change ideas to test…and perhaps some inspiration. Check out the Safe Sleep Practices section of NICHQ’s Infant Mortality CoIIN Prevention Toolkit. Here you’ll find case studies and change ideas to guide your improvement work.
Implement Change to Reduce Infant Deaths
Are you interested in reducing sleep-related infant deaths in a population, state or healthcare setting? Contact to NICHQ to discuss:
- Opportunities to identify partners and strategies to get partner buy-in
- Tools used to track data and enhance collaboration
- Training on consistent messaging and counseling
From supporting individual hospitals to national programs, NICHQ’s vast change management experience helps us customize the best solution for you.
Don’t Let These Common Collaboration Challenges Derail Your Change Effort
Collaboration can get complicated quickly but proactively acknowledging common challenges can help keep your collaboration effort on course. To help, we’ve compiled strategies for managing frequent pitfalls so that you can not only initiate, but maintain effective collaboration.
A Proactive Approach to Early Children’s Vision Screening
As part of the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support (ICV) initiative, NICHQ is helping three states to develop comprehensive, coordinated approaches to improving vision and eye health for children under age 5. Introducing a systems-level approach can best overcome geographic and economic obstacles, and navigate the various components of state and community health systems.
What Comes First? The Policy or the Change?
What happens if the process to introduce new policies impedes or delays the provision of higher quality, evidence-based care, such as new infant safety recommendations or a proposal for improved epilepsy diagnosis? In other words, what happens if policy becomes a barrier to change rather than a core driver?
How to Cope with Change Fatigue
To keep your change initiative moving forward on the right path it’s important to know the symptoms of fatigue and the right strategies for addressing them. To help, we’ve paired the common causes of change fatigue with proven strategies to keep your change efforts on track.
Start Producing Better Sickle Cell Disease Outcomes in Your Community Today
Explore strategies and examples from communities working to improve care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). All results are taken from NICHQ’s recently released congressional report from the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program (SCDTDP), a national effort that sought to improve the lives of those living SCD.
Building a Culture of Collaboration Within Multilevel Systems
Because children’s health is influenced by a great many factors, simultaneously engaging systems at the community, city, state and government level is essential for significant change. All too often we discover that two state agencies can be closely aligned on their goal, but working independently to reach it. When we work collaboratively instead, we’re able to pool, leverage and reinforce our resources for a common aim. A new e-course, NICHQ’s Essentials of Collaboration, provides strategies for healthy collaboration.