The Vision That Ties Us Together

Posted October 13, 2015 by Scott Berns, MD, MPH

Dr. Scott Berns, CEO
NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be at NICHQ. It's an honor and a privilege to lead this great organization.

I've been an admirer of NICHQ for many years and have recently had the opportunity to engage with the organization through the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) initiative. As I learn more about NICHQ, many things stand out for me—NICHQ's commitment to change and refusal to accept the status quo, especially for at-risk children; its impressive results in improving outcomes for children and families across many critical topics; its strong reputation for excellence; and its fantastic people.

But through all of this, what grabs me the most, I think, is the thing that for me ties it all together—NICHQ's vision statement:

"All Children Achieve Their Optimal Health"

It's a vision that resonates deeply with me. Why does this vision have such a profound effect? For me, it is this:

First, it is all encompassing—it is not satisfied with some; it seeks optimal health for ALL children, regardless of circumstance, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, background, whatever. I am driven to eliminate the undeniable and alarming health disparities in our society. All Children.

Second is the concept of each child achieving their own "optimal health." It recognizes that each and every child has unique gifts and a unique path—and possibilities that only he or she can know.

Lastly, it is bold and aspiration. It gives us an inspirational target to strive toward every day. Close your eyes and envision. And then make it come true.

I will do everything within my power to continue NICHQ's legacy of making improvements that matter in the lives of all children and families—so that ALL children can achieve their optimal health.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions as we embark on this journey together. Feel free to contact me at


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