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  • NICHQ’s Sickle Cell Work Highlighted in Special Supplement to AJPM

    Posted June 16, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Two articles related to NICHQ’s portfolio of sickle cell projects are featured in a special sickle cell supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine out today, in advance of World Sickle Cell Day June 19.

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  • Boxing Out Unsafe Sleep Practices for Babies

    Posted May 10, 2016 by Josh Grant

    In the 1930s, Finland’s infant mortality rate reached 65 deaths per 1,000 live births, leading to the 1938 introduction of baby boxes—kits that include a mattress, bedding, diapers, a box that serves as a crib and other necessities. By 2015, that rate had dwindled to an estimated 2.52 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2014, there were 3,500 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the United States, 25 percent of which were caused by accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. Learning from Finland’s success, organizations in the U.S. are beginning to offer their own baby boxes to new families.

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  • Recommendations for Promoting Young Children’s Socioemotional Development in Primary Care

    Posted April 14, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Early childhood is a critical window of opportunity for promoting early socioemotional health. When children's socioemotional health (defined as a child’s capacity to form secure relationships, experience and regulate emotions and explore and learn) is compromised, it can have significant implications on long-term wellness including failure in school, inability to make or sustain friendships, and poor self-image. Through a project called Promoting Optimal Child Development, NICHQ, along with Ariadne Labs and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (EFCT), worked together to develop recommendations for using pediatric primary care practices to reinforce positive socioemotional behaviors in primary caregivers of children ages 0 to 3.

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  • Healthy Weight Initiative Thrives By Focusing on Healthy Lifestyles, Not Weight

    Posted March 22, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Through a Healthy Weight Initiative at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, well over 200 kids have learned about monitoring sleep routines, fruit and veggie intake, screen time, physical activity and sweetened beverages. It’s a focus on healthier lifestyles and better choices, not weight loss, which is helping kids and families to see results.

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  • Candy Trade-In Spurs Healthy Living

    Posted October 30, 2015 by Cindy Hutter

    This is the first year my daughter truly “gets” Halloween. Last year, when she was one, she teetered up to houses and looked super cute scoring “things” to put in her bag. She didn’t understand what she was getting was candy or that candy was something you ate. This year it’s a whole different ball game.

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  • Breaking the Food Reward Chain

    Posted March 20, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    If we really want to improve children’s health, we need to focus not just on improving the quality of care children receive when they go to the doctor’s office; we need to change all influences that affect a child’s health. This includes modeling and practicing healthy behaviors at home, in school and in the community.

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  • Have We Turned the Tide on Childhood Obesity?

    Posted March 04, 2014 by Shikha Anand, MD, MPH

    If you’ve read anything about obesity in the lay press over the past week, you already know that there has been a decline in the prevalence of obesity in American preschoolers.This news is both exhilarating and anxiety provoking. Celebrating too early could distract from the fact that there is so much more work to be done, especially for our most vulnerable children.

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  • Taking a Bite Out of Mixed Food Messaging

    Posted February 20, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    When I first saw McDonald’s Olympic themed advertising that shows Olympians biting their metals contrasted with good looking, fit, young adults biting into chicken nuggets with the tagline, “The greatest victories are celebrated with a bite,” the marketing professional in me thought that was very clever. The parent and healthcare professional in me were horrified.

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  • Bravo CVS! Now It’s Time for More Health Advocates (You) to Step Up

    Posted February 05, 2014 by Cindy Hutter, MBA

    Just as peer pressure is what gets many young people to start smoking, peer pressure is what it is going to take to get other cigarette retailers to stop. Let’s start loading on the pressure.

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  • Beyond Bullying

    Posted January 10, 2014 by Tom Dahlborg, MSM

    Now that I have the opportunity to work for a quality improvement organization with a vision of ensuring each child achieves his or her optimal health, and to process this information through the lens of my own experiences (personal and professional), my heart still breaks for those children harmed by bullying…AND I see great opportunities for improvement.

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