The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is the vision of a team of children’s healthcare leaders who, in their work as pediatricians and public health professionals, saw the need for improving the systems responsible for the health of all children.
This vision came to light in 1999 when NICHQ was formed—with start-up funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation—as a program of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). NICHQ incorporated as an independent not-for-profit organization in July 2002.
Led since its founding by Dr. Charles Homer, NICHQ has been effective in both raising awareness about the potential for dramatic improvement in children’s healthcare and helping change actual system performance. In the past 10 years, NICHQ has reached thousands of pediatric and family practices and worked with city, state, and federal leaders to improve healthcare systems that affect millions of children (and adults) across a broad spectrum of geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.