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  • Preemie Toolkit thumbnail image

    Toolkit for the Follow-up Care of the Premature Infant

    A multidisciplinary, electronic, interactive toolkit developed for healthcare providers to help improve the care and outcomes of premature infants.

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  • Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Toolkit

    Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Toolkit

    The Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Toolkit provides a strong foundation toward understanding and implementing each of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

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  • International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes

    International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes

    The World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes provides guidelines for the marketing of infant formula and other products used as breast-milk substitutes.

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  • A Modle Infant Feeding Policy for Baby-Friendly Designation

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 1

    This group of resources assists hospitals with developing a written breastfeeding policy.

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  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

    The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

    The US Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” outlining steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

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  • Breastfeeding Support: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

    Breastfeeding Support: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

    “Breastfeeding Support: Prenatal Care Through the First Year” is an evidence-based clinical practice guideline that outlines assessment and interventions designed to assist health care providers who care for mothers and infants.

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  • Several Resources for Baby-Friendly Step 3

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 3

    This group of resources assists with informing women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.

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  • Early Skin-to-Skin After Cesarean Births

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 4

    This group of resources assists with helping mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth.

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  • Baby-Friendly Step 5: Hands-on technique sees increase in milk production

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 5

    This group of resources assists with helping mothers know how to breastfeed and maintain lactation.

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  • St. Mary's Rooming In Sheet

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 7

    This group of resources assists with helping mothers learn the benefits of rooming in with their baby.

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  • St. Mary's Feeding Log Baby-Friendly Step 8

    Breastfeeding Resources: Baby-Friendly Step 8

    This group of resources assists with encouraging breastfeeding on demand.

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  • Mothers Need Better Breastfeeding Support Infographic

    [Infographic] Mothers Need Breastfeeding Support

    In this NICHQ infographic entitled Mothers Need Breastfeeding Support, we take a closer look at how the healthcare system can make a difference.

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  • CDC Breastfeeding Report Card 2014

    CDC Breastfeeding Report Card - United States, 2014

    The CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card for 2014 brings together state-by-state information and features a story about a Best Fed Beginnings project team.

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  • Sickle Cell Trait Awareness video still

    Sickle Cell Video Resources

    These videos, developed by WISCH teams across the country, inform and help people with sickle cell trait and sickle cell disease--and the healthcare providers that care for them.

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    Sickle Cell Disease: Screening and Trait Resources

    This group of resources can be used by providers to educate patients about sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait and screening.

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  • Sickle Cell Disease: Acute Care Resources

    Sickle Cell Disease: Acute Care Resources

    This group of resources and tools is most relevant to providers in the acute care or emergency department setting.

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  • Care Coordination Resource from WISCH

    Sickle Cell Disease: Medical Home/Care Coordination Resources

    This group of resources is useful for patients, providers and representatives of community based organizations who are involved in coordinating care for patients.

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    Sickle Cell Disease: Hydroxyurea Resources

    This group of resources is useful for providers looking to share information with patients about the benefits and risks of using hydroxyurea.

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  • Sickle Cell Trait Counseling Resource Toolkit

    Sickle Cell Trait Counseling Resource Toolkit

    This toolkit includes educational materials about sickle cell trait and sickle cell disease to help providers counsel individuals and families who have recently been diagnosed.

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  • Sickle Cell Disease: Self Management Resources

    Sickle Cell Disease: Self Management Resources

    This group of resources can be used by providers to help educate patients on how to monitor pain crises and responses to medication.

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  • Sickle Cell Disease: Transition Resources

    Sickle Cell Disease: Transition Resources

    This group of resources can be used by providers who work with adolescents to ensure they have the information they need as they move into adulthood.

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  • Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Project Model Protocol

    SCDTDP Model Protocol

    The purpose of this model protocol is to provide clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, community-based organizations and public health agencies with recommendations and strategies to improve care provided to individuals with sickle cell disease and trait.

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  • Medical Home: Care Planning Resources

    Medical Home: Care Planning Resources

    This group of resources assists with care planning for pediatric patients being seen in a medical home.

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  • Medical Home: Care Transition Resources

    Medical Home: Transitions to Adult Care Resources

    This group of resources assists with care transitioning for young adults making the transition out of a pediatric medical home to adult care.

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  • Medical Home: Patient and Family Communication Resources

    Medical Home: Patient and Family Communication Resources

    This group of resources provides examples of patient and family communications on a variety of topics.

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  • Medical Home: Office Operations Resources

    Medical Home: Office Operations Resources

    This group of resources assists with organizing your office operations to support a medical home model.

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  • Medical Home: Well Visit Resources

    Medical Home: Well Visit Resources

    This group of resources provides examples of well-visit questionnaires and patient health history forms.

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  • MA CHIRPA Medical Home Learning Collaborative Measurement Strategy

    MA CHIRPA Medical Home Learning Collaborative Measurement Strategy

    View the measurement strategy used to track progress in NICHQ’s Massachusetts CHIPRA Medical Home project.

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  • Medical Home: Recommended Readings

    Medical Home: Recommended Readings

    This hand-selected group of articles and commentaries are NICHQ’s recommended readings for those interested in the medical home model of care.

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  • PFAC Toolkit for Pediatric Practices

    Creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council: A Toolkit for Pediatric Practices

    This toolkit is designed to help your pediatric practice build a system for listening to family perspectives and feedback – by creating your own Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The kit provides step-by-step guidance on how to effectively engage family perspectives in the design of services and to improve overall quality in the delivery of those services.

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  • Medical Home: California Medical Education Collaborative Report

    California Medical Education Collaborative Report

    A report that details a framework for redesigning pediatric residency training programs to improve quality of care for children and youth with special healthcare needs.

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  • Communication Matters

    Communication Matters: A guide for sharing information about a child’s care

    "Communication Matters: A guide for sharing information about a child’s care” offers tips, tools, forms and resources for communication among families and youth, primary care providers, behavioral health providers and schools.

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  • MA CHIRPA Medical Home Learning Collaborative Measurement Strategy

    Medical Home Change Package

    NICHQ’s Medical Home Change Package provides change ideas for improving family, youth and child patient experience with primary care. These changes were tested with a diverse group of pediatric practices ranging in type from single site, single specialty practices to community health centers to academic practices.

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  • Spread of Medical Home Project Report

    Spread of the Medical Home Concept Report

    A report that details a framework for improving the quality of health services received by children and youth with special healthcare needs through the medical home concept.

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  • Creating a Patient Guide for a Medical Home Physician Practice

    In this three-in-one resource, learn the elements that constitute a patient guide, view a sample guide and access a template to create your own.

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  • Fostering Engagement in Practice Transformation

    Fostering Consumer Engagement in Practice Transformation: A Toolkit for Practices on the Journey to Patient-Centered Medical Homes

    This toolkit is a source of information and guidance for practices seeking to engage consumers in the quality improvement process of transforming their medical practice into a patient-centered medical home.

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    Lost in the System Newborn Hearing Screening Infographic

    In this NICHQ infographic entitled Lost in the System, we take a closer look at how some children who fail their newborn hearing test fail to get follow-up care.

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  • Autism Uncovered Infographic

    [Infographic] Autism Uncovered

    In this NICHQ infographic entitled Autism Uncovered, we take a closer look at the lesser-known aspects of autism spectrum disorder.

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  • Autism Resources for Providers

    Autism Resources for Providers

    These resources will help providers identify, diagnose and treat constipation and insomnia in children with autism.

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  • Autism After Visit Summaries

    Autism After Visit Summaries

    This after visit summary form, created by teams in the Autism Collaborative, is used to streamline the sharing of information between clinicians, parents and other relevant care providers.

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  • This Is Me Tool

    "This is Me" Tool

    The “This Is Me” tool is specially designed to help caregivers get to know patients personally and medically.

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  • Constipation Action Plan

    Constipation Action Plan

    An action plan, tips and recipes for children suffering from chronic constipation, a common physical symptom in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). - See more at: http://www.nichq.org/childrens-health/autism/resources#sthash.G71G8iN9.dpuf

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  • Enhancing Communication - Newborn Hearing

    Enhancing Communications Report

    A report that details a framework for improving follow-up for infants who fail newborn hearing screening tests.

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  • Newborn Hearing Screening Tools for Providers

    Newborn Hearing Screening Tools for Providers

    A collection of tools and resources for care providers, designed to improve the system of care for all newborns with possible hearing loss. Includes screening communication templates and forms, audiologic diagnostic forms, early intervention (EI) forms, and more.

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  • Newborn Hearing Test

    Newborn Hearing Screening Tools for Parents

    A collection of newborn hearing screening tools and resources for care providers to share with parents, designed to help parents understand their child's hearing exam and results, and developmental hearing and speech milestones and to provide families with a hearing loss roadmap.

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  • Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit

    Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit

    A toolkit to assist primary care practice teams in providing coordinated, integrated and multidisciplinary services to both prevent obesity and improve care for children who are already overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.

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  • Online Advocacy Training Course

    Obesity Prevention Advocacy Training

    This interactive online advocacy training program teaches healthcare professionals how to advocate for obesity prevention policies that support healthy, active living for children in their communities.

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  • Obesity: Joining Forces for Healthier Communities

    Joining Forces for Healthier Communities

    This report focuses on the work of 10 teams from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight project and showcases six strategies for addressing obesity at the community level.

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  • Next Steps: A Practitioner's Guide For Themed Follow-up Visits

    Next Steps: A Practitioner's Guide For Themed Follow-up Visits For Their Patients to Achieve a Healthy Weight

    Next Steps is a guide and flip chart for clinicians to aid in conversations with children and adolescents about reducing and managing weight.

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  • Policy Opportunities Tool

    Policy Opportunities Tool

    This Policy Opportunities Tool identifies specific strategies that support healthy active living for children and families.

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  • Guide for Healthcare Professionals to Partner with Community Based Organizations

    Guide for Healthcare Professionals to Partner with Community Based Organizations

    This guide equips healthcare professionals with the tools to effectively connect and partner with local and state organizations involved in advocacy efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

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  • Obesity: Community-Based Organization and Healthcare Professional Partnership Guide

    Community-Based Organization and Healthcare Professional Partnership Guide

    This guide teaches community organizations how to engage and partner with healthcare professionals in obesity advocacy work.

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  • Obesity: Advocacy Toolbox

    Advocacy Toolbox

    The Advocacy Toolbox is designed to assist healthcare professionals to advocate for healthy eating and active living for children and their families.

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  • Obesity: Advocacy Resource Guide

    Advocacy Resource Guide

    This guide provides tools and resources for healthcare professionals to plan and support their obesity advocacy work.

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  • Obesity: Building Healthier Communities

    Building Healthier Communities

    This report presents eight stories about healthcare professionals who participated in the Be Our Voice project and used their voices to advocate for policy changes designed to improve the health of children and families.

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    Healthy Weight Collaborative Action Kit

    Want to encourage healthy living in your community? This action kit is designed to help spread the lessons learned from the Healthy Weight Collaborative, a two-phase quality improvement initiative to promote healthy weight and health equity. Includes a library of informative videos and presentations from Collaborative action calls and Q&A sessions.

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  • Community metaphor

    Find Your Legislator

    Advocate for policies that support healthy eating and active living for children and families in your community.

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  • CAN DO Playbook

    CAN DO Playbook

    The CAN DO Playbook is an interactive online guide that teaches motivated individuals and teams how to apply evidence-based strategies to address obesity prevention in their community by engaging primary care, public health and community leaders in this work.

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  • US Map

    Obesity Factsheets

    These Obesity Factsheets were created to provide national, state, and county-based data regarding childhood overweight and obesity prevalence and the environmental and behavioral factors that influence health. They are designed to make relevant population data more readily available to local advocates and decision makers.

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  • Technical Assistance Modules

    These modules were developed through monthly Technical Assistance Webinars for the Be Our Voice project sites.

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  • Advocacy Training Curriculum

    This curriculum provides everything you need to host and run your own in-person obesity advocacy training.

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  • ePlans to Promote Healthy Weight Use Cases

    ePlans to Promote Healthy Weight Use Cases

    The resource specifies the key elements and functions an electronic health record must have to support the effective use of healthy weight plans.

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  • Expert Committee Recommendations Implementation Guide

    Obesity and Overweight Recommendations Implementation Guide

    This resource from NICHQ’s Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN) provides implementation guidance for the expert committee recommendations on the assessment, prevention and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity.

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  • Family Engagement Guide

    Family Engagement Guide: The Role of Family Health Partners in Quality Improvement Within a Pediatric Medical Home

    Family Health Partners can play an integral role in a practice's transformation into a medical home and in its continuous quality improvement. This guide will help practices determine if they are ready to work with families as improvement partners, how to recruit and work with Family Health Partners and how to evaluate, sustain and improve the Family Health Partners role and relationship.

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  • Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program Congressional Report

    SCDTDP Congressional Report

    A report that details recommendations for redesigning clinical delivery and public health programs, broad health policy and the sickle cell disease treatment demonstration program to improve the quality of care for children and adults with sickle cell disease.

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  • Expanding Perspectives: Improving Cultural Competency in Children's Health Care

    This report summarizes NICHQ's efforts to address disparities in children’s health care and to advance the ability of organizations to provide culturally competent care.

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  • QI Tips: Health Policy Advocacy

    QI Tips: 5 Steps to Becoming a Local Health Policy Advocate

    Advocacy work doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. A little education and effort can go a long way. Here are five quick steps to becoming an effective health policy advocate.

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  • Physician Champions

    QI Tips: Recruiting Physician Champions for Improvement Projects

    Tips for recruiting physician champions to your improvement team.

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    Powerful Partnerships: A Handbook for Families and Providers Working Together to Improve Care

    This guide includes information and guidance on how to get the most out of family-provider partnership.

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  • A Better Return on Investment

    A Better Return on Investment

    This report outlines NICHQ’s policy recommendations for keeping pediatric health at the forefront of the healthcare reform agenda.

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  • QI Tips: Help Patients Connect

    QI Tips: How to Help Your Patients Connect with Community Resources

    If you are a healthcare practitioner, you know many things outside of a doctor’s office can negatively affect a patient’s health. Patient health can be impeded by issues such as struggles with housing and bills, lack of support for breastfeeding or exercise, or confusion about how to navigate the healthcare system. Building relationships with community organizations can be a huge boon to healthcare practices and their patients.

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  • Online Course: Strategies For Effectively Leading

    Strategies for Engaging Partners – Video Series

    In this video series, leadership expert Gwen Webber-McLeod, president and CEO of Gwen Inc., offers her advice on offers her advice on the collaboration skills necessary to effectively engage partners in your project.

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  • Cultural Competency Resources

    Cultural Competency Resources

    A list of helpful cultural competency resources and websites for healthcare professionals, patients, educators and researchers. These tools provide guidance and standards for delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all patients, gathering and collecting data and reducing health disparities.

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  • Online Course: Strategies For Effectively Leading

    Strategies for Leading Effectively – Video Series

    In this video series, leadership expert Gwen Webber-McLeod, president and CEO of Gwen Inc., offers her advice on the leadership skills needed to effectively tackle any project.

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  • QI Tips: If You Don't Improve

    QI Tips: If You Don’t Improve, You

    When it comes to quality improvement, veteran improvement advisor Jane Taylor, EdD, has likely seen it all. For more than two decades, she has been advising teams across the country on how to overcome barriers to system level change and then how to make change stick. NICHQ recently caught up with Taylor to talk about trends in the quality improvement field.

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  • QI Tips: Sustaining Success

    QI Tips: 4 Tips for Sustaining the Success of a QI Project

    Successful quality improvement efforts aspire to be sustainable: having the new ways of working become the normal ways of working for the team, organization, systems or facility. However, sustainability does not happen automatically; it requires planning and ongoing effort.

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  • QI Tips: Cultural Sensitivity

    QI Tips: How Culturally Sensitive Are Your Patient Materials?

    When it comes to quality improvement, veteran improvement advisor Jane Taylor, EdD, has likely seen it all. For more than two decades, she has been advising teams across the country on how to overcome barriers to system level change and then how to make change stick. NICHQ recently caught up with Taylor to talk about trends in the quality improvement field.

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    Improving Systems Changing Futures

    A report that details a framework for redesigning pediatric residency training programs to improve quality of care for children and youth with special healthcare needs.

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  • QI Tips: Leadership Engagement

    QI Tips: Leadership Engagement is Critical to the Success of Improvement Efforts

    Top tactics for ensuring leadership commitment to help overcome organizational resistance to change.

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  • QI Tips: Effective Teams

    QI Tips: How to Build an Effective Team for Quality Improvement Work

    Finding the right kind and right number of members for your team will make all the difference in the success or failure of your quality improvement work.

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  • How and Why to Include the Patient Perspective

    QI Tips: How and Why to Include the Patient Perspective

    Tips and tools on how to engage with patient representatives and apply patient knowledge to your improvement efforts.

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  • QI Tips: Run Chart Rules

    QI Tips: 10 Tips and Rules for Using Run Charts

    At NICHQ, we’re obsessed with run charts. Why? Because they are easy to construct and interpret and an elegant way to display data that makes performance visually legible. At a quick glance, you can determine whether the changes you make result in improvement, and even further, if those improvements are being sustained.

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  • QI Tips: Extended Partners

    QI Tips: Are You Reaping the Rewards of Extended Project Partners?

    When it comes to quality improvement, veteran improvement advisor Jane Taylor, EdD, has likely seen it all. For more than two decades, she has been advising teams across the country on how to overcome barriers to system level change and then how to make change stick. NICHQ recently caught up with Taylor to talk about trends in the quality improvement field.

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  • QI Tips: Family Health Partners

    QI Tips: Is Your Practice Ready for Family Health Partners?

    One way for pediatric practices to demonstrate patient-centered care is to consider families as experts and invite them to help with evaluating, planning and improving a practice. Informed by their experience as caregivers and consumers, families can provide valuable perspective to the healthcare team during the practice’s transformation into a medical home. But how do you know if your practice is ready to recruit these “Family Health Partners?”

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  • QI Tips: 4 Essential Elements

    QI Tips: 4 Essential Elements for a Quality Improvement Culture

    A quality improvement culture is one that seeks to continually improve outcomes. Organizations that reliably do this have four similar qualities.

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