A Unique Set of Skills

We bring a unique set of skills and capacities to catalyze improvement. Working with us means leveraging our unique and growing network of content and quality improvement experts. We deploy this expertise through partnerships with others committed to our mission, and together we make improvements in areas that matter most for the health of children and families.

Improvement Science

We use quality improvement methods and tools in everything we do, and are experts in applying improvement science to various settings. Learn more >>

Cross-Sector Collaboration

We have a long history of connecting stakeholder with similar goals from different fields, with a particular emphasis on bridging health and healthcare. Learn more >>

System Design

We seek sustainable, systemic improvement to reduce and eliminate undesirable outcomes, which are the byproduct of poor systems. Learn more >>

Patient and Family Engagement

We are pioneers in engaging patients and families in improvement work, ensuring their important perspectives are central to advances in health. Learn more >>

Measure Development

We apply the principle of “you can’t improve what you can’t measure” to all of our work, helping set national standards for measuring progress in children’s health. Learn more >>

Health Policy

We are a leading contributor in informing children’s health and health equity policy. We also train health professionals to be influential advocates for effective policy change. Learn more >>


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“I was very hesitant about quality improvement in the beginning but NICHQ reformed me. I have been working within our region and our state with health partners for years, but we have made more progress working with NICHQ through your learning process and collaboration than with any other group. NICHQ fosters a collaborative process, not a dictatorial process. You allow us to build success in our community and not try to push any one strategy or model on us. You guide, collaborate and share, but you don’t steer. And that is what a collaboration is about: pushing and guiding where you can and backing off where you need to, but including everyone and celebrating that. And that goes a long way with someone like me trying to make an impact in a tight-knit, small rural community. ”

Ed Dzedzy
Administrator, Lincoln County (WA) Health Department
Collaborate for Healthy Weight team leader