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NICHQ Celebrates Child Health Day With Parent Scholarships to Annual Forum

October 2009

 

The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality Celebrates Child Health Day With Parent Scholarships to Annual Forum

Scholarships Enable Parents to Help Shape Pediatric Healthcare Agenda at Only National Conference Dedicated to Improving Children's Healthcare

Boston, MA, October 5, 2009—The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) today announced that in recognition of Child Health Day, the organization will award five parent scholarships to its Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress.

The scholarships will enable parents and family members of children with special healthcare needs to learn about new pediatric practices and network with other parents and healthcare professionals who strive to advance the quality of children’s healthcare.

“As a leader in child health quality improvement, we are committed to giving parents a voice in this national movement,” said Dr. Charles Homer, president and chief executive officer of NICHQ. “Parents of children with special healthcare needs are often typically their child’s first health advocates and need to be part of the conversation to shape the national pediatric healthcare agenda.”

NICHQ’s annual forum is the only national conference solely dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for children and their families. Each year, healthcare leaders from across the country gather to share innovative ideas and learn new and creative quality methods from others with similar initiatives.

The scholarship recognizes the input of family leaders who inspire, create or participate in local, regional or national work to improve partnerships between families and healthcare providers, resulting in quality healthcare for children. The scholarships will include the registration fee to attend the forum and a stipend for travel and lodging expenditures. Parents and family members of children with special healthcare needs are invited to apply by filling out the online application at www.nichq.org.

The 2010 Forum, which will be held from March 8-11 in Atlanta, Georgia, will highlight the most promising work being done across the globe to address children’s healthcare quality, with a focus on five key areas: patient safety, childhood obesity, chronic conditions and quality improvement linked to finance, advocacy and equity in care. The Forum will also coincide with the organization’s 10th anniversary.

President Calvin Coolidge declared the first National Child Health Day in 1928 to bring attention to the importance of improving children’s health. In 1960, the observance of Child Health Day changed from May 1st to the first Monday in October.

About NICHQ
Founded in 1999, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need. Led by experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ’s mission is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare. For more information, visit www.nichq.org.

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