Family Engagement

  • 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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  • Rooming-in: An Essential Evolution in American Maternity Care

    Posted April 28, 2016 by Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Over the past few years, many U.S. hospitals have moved away from the traditional use of nurseries for healthy newborn infants, choosing to move toward rooming-in and couplet care. Rooming-in is an evidence-based practice that promotes keeping healthy newborn babies and their mothers together in post-labor recovery rooms. This recent change in practice and policy for many hospitals is partially based on recommendations in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the increased movement toward earning Baby-Friendly designation in the U.S.

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  • Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Ivette Torres

    Posted April 26, 2016 by Ivette Torres

    Ivette Torres shares why proper support is key for positive breastfeeding outcomes and how her experiences led her to join the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a parent partner.

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  • ABCs of Safe Sleep Education Reduces Sleep-Related Infant Deaths in Tennessee

    Posted April 12, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    Through a multi-faceted statewide campaign, which includes teaching new parents and hospital staff the ABCs of safe sleep practices, Tennessee has seen a 25 percent reduction in sleep-related infant deaths since 2014. Tennessee’s successful safe sleep strategy has focused on teaching and modeling safe sleep behaviors—both in the hospital setting and directly with parents—using the primary message, “Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep.”

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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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  • Inspiring Change through Motivational Interviewing

    Posted September 08, 2015 by Rachel Kremen

    Helping people make a long-term, healthy lifestyle choice doesn’t have to be daunting. The key lies in motivating—not indoctrinating—the client. Motivational interviewing is a style of communication for helping someone explore and resolve their ambivalence to change.

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  • Resources and Must Reads for Infant Mortality Awareness and Sickle Cell Awareness Month

    Posted September 01, 2015 by NICHQ

    NICHQ is joining with organizations around the country and world to celebrate Infant Mortality Awareness Month and National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September. NICHQ has a long history of working to improve outcomes on these health topics. We invite you to explore and share our resources, stories, videos and other materials related to reducing infant mortality rates and improving care for individuals with sickle cell disease.

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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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