Collective Impact

  • The Gamification of Exercise for Children

    Posted October 20, 2016 by Josh Grant

    In 2014, the obesity rate for children and teenagers between ages 2 and 19 in the United States increased to 17.2 percent, up from 13.9 percent in 1999. While various organizations and agencies are working to help children lead healthy lifestyles, there has been another trend in recent years that has come into play: gamification.

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  • Raising Awareness of the Impact of Early Childhood Trauma

    Posted October 06, 2016 by Bethany Applebaum; Cherri Pruitt

    Early childhood trauma – whether from unexpected acts of violence or entrenched, continuous influences such as chaotic home life or family violence – is pervasive and can have cumulative, life-altering impacts. The stress of childhood trauma releases hormones that physically damage a child’s developing brain. Children with toxic stress live most of their lives in flight or fight mode, making it difficult to learn in school and build healthy relationships.

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  • Preventing Preterm Labor in At-Risk Moms in Underserved Populations

    Posted August 09, 2016 by Elizabeth Barker

    Carrying to full term helps safeguard against some of the greatest threats to infant health. Affecting about 1 in 10 babies born in the United States, preterm birth (i.e., birth before 37 weeks gestation) is a leading cause of infant mortality and a major contributor to long-term disability. Meanwhile, early-term infants (those born at 37 to 38 weeks) are more likely to struggle with low blood sugar, difficulty breathing and other health issues requiring admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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  • Smoking & Pregnancy in Underserved Populations: Overcoming Obstacles to Cessation Success

    Posted August 02, 2016 by Elizabeth Barker

    For women who smoke, quitting before or during pregnancy is one of the most powerful ways to improve birth outcomes and protect infants’ health. Not only known to damage the baby’s heart, lungs and brain and increase risk of birth defects, smoking during pregnancy is also closely associated with two leading causes of infant mortality: pre-term birth and sudden infant death syndrome.

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  • Closing the Gaps in Safe Sleep Education in Underserved Populations

    Posted July 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Barker

    While the country’s rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past two decades, SIDS continues to claim the lives of about 1,500 U.S. infants each year. SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants and is highly correlated with unsafe sleep practices, which is why the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) has made safe sleep practices one of its six focus areas. By helping to eliminate persistent but avoidable disparities in SIDS rates, addressing unsafe sleep practice with underserved populations can reduce infant mortality for all.

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  • Quality Improvement: A Necessary Addition to the Maternal and Child Health Tool Belt

    Posted July 19, 2016 by Avery Desrosiers

    MCH Practice Fellow Avery Desrosiers has been part of the IM CoIIN team during her time at NICHQ. Over the course of her work, she's learned about how quality improvement can affect maternal and child health, how encourages innovative changes within specific communities to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

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  • Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children’s Health: June 2016

    Posted June 21, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Programs from healthcare providers, government agencies and other organizations help improve children's health by addressing new needs and closing gaps in care. This month, we've found innovative and inspirational examples touch on subjects like children's sleep during hospital stays and efforts to improve in-school care.

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  • Clinicians and Patients Work Together to Improve Preconception Health in the U.S.

    Posted June 14, 2016 by Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH

    Fostering the creation of healthy families by choice, not chance, is not a new idea. Organizations and agencies are working to improve pregnancy planning, spacing and preventing unintended pregnancies. Given the high rates of unintended pregnancy in the U.S., action is needed from all stakeholders–consumers, health providers, policy makers–in proactively supporting this critical conversation.

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  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Videos Showcase Strategies for Successful Implementation

    Posted June 07, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    A new video series is showcasing how healthcare providers in Texas are successfully implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices hospitals can follow to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration by new moms. Created by the Texas Department of State Health Services, this 10-video series features healthcare providers sharing their strategies for success on the pathway to improvement.

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  • Why Closing the Health Equity Divide Can’t Wait Any Longer

    Posted June 01, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    With the projection that more than half of the nation’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020, the need to address health equity has never been stronger.Equity in healthcare is the idea that everyone has the same access to quality care, regardless of social, economic, demographic or geographical differences. This ideal is not a current reality in the U.S. healthcare system. There are many barriers hampering health equity and the overall health of America’s children.

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  • Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children’s Health: May 2016

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Across the United States, organizations and government agencies are creating new approaches to improve children’s health. Because we support innovation for helping children lead healthier lives, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting initiatives we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Read on to learn how some groups are addressing critical health needs.

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  • How Kansas is Leveraging the Infant Mortality CoIIN to Accelerate Improvement

    Posted February 11, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Networks (CoIINs) offer many tools and resources for their participants. From driver diagrams to measurement strategies to change packages and collaboration tools, the underlying supports for accelerating change are all there. A participant just needs to reach out and embrace them.

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  • Contradicting Assumptions About Infant Mortality Rates: How Far Upstream?

    Posted November 04, 2014 by Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH

    Learning often begins when facts contradict our assumptions. While attending the kickoff summits of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality in July, I became aware of at least two facts that contradicted my previous assumptions: (1) that infant mortality rates for non-Hispanic blacks are higher in the upper Midwestern states than they are in the deep South and (2) that the declines in infant mortality in several southern states over the past decade have been steeper than anywhere else in the country.

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  • Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Your Ideas Wanted!

    Posted May 16, 2014 by Marianne McPherson, PhD, MS

    There’s no time like the present. We're collecting your wildest, craziest ideas for how we might improve children’s health together.

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  • Collective Impact: Coloring a New Vision of Collaboration

    Posted May 07, 2014 by Marianne McPherson, PhD, MS

    The concept of collective impact is in NICHQ's DNA. All of our work is in some way about bring together participants from difference sectors committed to a common agenda to solve complex social problems. Until recently, we didn't have the benefit of the language or framework.

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