Family Engagement

  • PATCH-ing up Communication Between Providers and Teenagers

    Posted September 27, 2016 by Josh Grant

    The Wisconsin Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) program is helping to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Wisconsin by enhancing communication between teenagers and their healthcare providers. The PATCH program trains and employs Teen Educators who then educate medical professionals on how to communicate with younger patients, with a particular focus on sensitive subjects, including sexual and reproductive health.

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  • 4 Key Considerations for Family and Community Engagement in Public Health

    Posted August 25, 2016 by Kelley Devlin, MPH, RD

    As public health professionals, we are tasked with designing, implementing and evaluating programs and policies that are intended to improve population health. A critical part of this work is engaging families in communities we want to reach. This is the best way to try to understand what matters most to them and how to plan culturally sensitive programs and policies that have potential for meaningful impact.

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  • Improved Vision Care is in Sight

    Posted August 11, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Healthcare providers, government agencies and community organizations are seeing a new way to change pediatric vision care. Traditionally, vision systems are highly clinical and focus on treating healthcare concerns, such as injuries, diseases and poor eyesight. While that approach will always be necessary to some degree, there’s been a growing emphasis on preventative services. As with many healthcare issues, vision problems can develop over time and become much more difficult to treat when they’re not addressed early on, or at all. In some cases, ages 8 and 9 are among the latest that issues respond to treatment.

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  • Family Voices: Using Quality Improvement on the Family Level

    Posted July 14, 2016 by Josh Grant

    For families with children who have special healthcare needs, finding an optimal care system can sometimes be a challenge. While quality improvement is used a great deal in healthcare, a handful of parents participating in a NICHQ-led QI training are finding it can also help parents achieve their individual goals for improving as caregivers and their children’s quality of life. Shu-Chiung Chou recently participated in our ABC’s of QI course, offered to members of Family Voices, a national nonprofit organization working to achieve family-centered care. Chou was eager to join to learn how to better manage her daughter’s care and share what she learned with us.

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  • How Can Men Be Engaged in Maternal and Child Health?

    Posted June 30, 2016 by Josh Grant

    The National Healthy Start Association's (NHSA) Where Dads Matter initiative helps engage men and dads in maternal and child health to help support health outcomes. NHSA President Kenn Harris recently spoke with us about Where Dads Matter, its impact and the role male caregivers play in MCH programs.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Mercédez Cahue

    Posted March 31, 2016 by Mercédez Cahue

    Mercédez Cahue shares her breastfeeding experience and why she joined the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a parent partner.

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  • Best Practices for Inclusion of Men and Dads in Children’s Health

    Posted March 15, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Children greatly benefit from having active paternal figures in their lives. According to the State of the World’s Fathers report, it leads to improved mental health in children, higher immunization rates and support for women who are breastfeeding. The creation and availability of educational resources that encourage male involvement are crucial to achieving that. Knowing this, the California WIC Association (CWA) created "Engaging Men & Dads at WIC: A Toolkit" to help the local WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) organizations better connect with dads.

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  • How and Why to Support a Culture of Patient Partnership Across the Care Spectrum

    Posted January 14, 2016 by Tara Bristol Rouse

    More and more there is emphasis on partnering with patients and families to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. We advocate for the use of patient/family advisory councils and patient/family partners on improvement committees but, most often, we talk about these interventions in the acute care or chronic care environment. What we miss a fair share of the time is putting an emphasis on promoting partnerships during the everyday well-visit and sick-visit interactions—the same visits that have the potential to build and support a culture of partnership and engagement across the care spectrum!

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  • Why and How to Include the Patient-Family Voice in a Medical Home

    Posted December 23, 2014 by Bonnie Thompson, Mass Family Voices

    As more primary care practices work towards identifying themselves as a medical home, patients and family caregivers can play a vital role in shaping how healthcare is delivered.

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  • Patient Engagement, Partnerships and Puppies

    Posted October 27, 2014 by Tom Dahlborg, MSM

    I was recently invited to host the World Congress Patient Engagement Summit in Boston. The event promised to “leave behind theory and bring about actionable change with actionable solutions to engage patients and move the needle on clinical outcomes and community health.” And, it lived up to this billing.

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  • 10 Steps for Benching Bullying

    Posted April 22, 2014 by Tom Dahlborg, MSM

    There are many broader influences that affect children’s health outside of the clinical setting. This certainly includes the bullying that happens on our ball fields that can lead to physical injury, social problems, emotional problems, mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety), and even death. Not to mention bullying can turn children off from physical activities and this can potentially lead to obesity. As an organization that aims for all children to achieve their optimal health, there is much work to be done…together.

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  • Systems Level Healthcare Improvement Starts with Individual Relationships

    Posted February 24, 2014 by Tom Dahlborg, MSM

    Want to improve the healthcare system from a systems perspective? Develop systems which allow for time, continuity, relationship, trust, authentic sharing, the telling and hearing of the patient’s whole story at each healthcare encounter. Create system change which positions clinicians to use tools such as emotional intelligence and motivational interviewing to ensure optimal sharing and comprehension.

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