We make change happen
We don’t just talk about making change, we make it happen. We bring multidisciplinary teams to the table and build strategies to tackle children’s health issues in a whole new way.
Our promise for catalyzing change
Innovation happens when smart, passionate people approach difficult problems with fresh ideas, leading technology and a nimble but proven process to catalyze change. This is NICHQ. We pour our energy and expertise into delivering faster, better solutions to help children and families live healthier lives. We promise our partners that we will always push the boundaries on what can be done, get buy-in from participants all along the way, and have the data to prove real change is happening.
Scan of Early Childhood Developmental Screening Strategies Reveal Varied Approach
A new issue brief from NICHQ and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) provides insight into the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant developmental screening activities across the country.
Leadership Engagement Bootcamp: Exercise 4: Convene a Diverse Team
Assembling a team for a quality improvement (QI) initiative is a lot like finding players for a game of kickball on the playground – there needs to be a diverse set of skills to fill key positions and ensure success. And building a well-rounded team can go a long way towards earning engagement from senior leaders.
Using Simulation Modeling Technology to Make a Case for Change
Imagine you had multiple best practices for reducing cesarean sections (c-section) rates in your state but wanted to know which would have the most impact and all you had to do was push a few buttons to find out. That is exactly what a simulation model is doing in the state of New Jersey.
Data Drives Vermont’s Focus on Infant Mortality Reduction
At 4.4 percent, Vermont has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the country, but, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) knows there is always room for improvement. As a part of the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), NICHQ helped VDH use data to drive discussions and make decisions about where to prioritize its work: smoking cessation and safe sleep awareness.
The Intersection of Health Equity and Health Literacy
Reports show as many as 88 percent of adult Americans lack the health literacy skills necessary to make appropriate health decisions. As a result, these adults often face formidable roadblocks to successfully achieve positive health outcomes for themselves and their family members. Read more about why NICHQ leaders believe using a health literacy perspective in our work is part of how we will achieve our goals for health equity.
New Framework to Curb Births of Babies Born Dependent to Drugs
There is little consensus about the best way to diagnose and treat opioid addiction in women and infants. As part of the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), ASTHO is releasing a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Framework to support stakeholder discussions at the state level to better understand how collective efforts can prevent in-utero opioid exposure and impact the incidence of NAS.