NICHQ's Areas of Focus
With a broad emphasis on population health and on advancing health equity for children and families, we focus our energies on three high leverage areas for achieving our vision that all children achieve optimal health:
A Strong Start
We need to make sure children get off to a healthy start. So we improve infant health by, for example, reducing infant mortality, ensuring appropriate follow-up after infant screening and improving maternity practices to support breastfeeding.
We want to ensure that the healthcare system effectively addresses the needs of all children and their families. So we improve systems of care by promoting the patient and family-centered medical home model and redesigning care for children and youth with special healthcare needs, such as those living with conditions such as ADHD, asthma, autism, epilepsy and sickle cell disease.
Recognizing that much of a child’s health is determined outside the healthcare system, we bridge health and healthcare by improving healthy living practices, policies and conditions. For example, we focus not only on effective treatment for obesity, but also on advancing prevention via interventions in the public health and community arenas.
All of NICHQ's work is organized around this framework. To learn more about our projects in each of these areas, please click here.