As our holiday gift to you, we've collected some of our best stories and resources from 2015. Each illuminates some of the great ideas and innovations in children's health that you and NICHQ have had together this year. We hope you enjoy this collection and look forward to another wonderful year of working together.

Inspirational Stories

The Secret to Increasing Hospital Breastfeeding Rates
As hospitals work to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates, they are often challenged by staff members who are resistant to new processes and workflows. Some hospitals are overcoming this obstacle by fostering staff change agents to help drive decisions and manage change. Read more

How Delaware Became a Model for States in Preventing Infant Deaths
Delaware is capturing the attention of the nation as a source of healthcare innovation. The state’s commitment to examine its infant mortality data, search for improvement opportunities, and then create awareness campaigns to address the unwanted trends is leading to fewer infant deaths. Read More

Six Keys to Successfully Addressing Obesity at the Community Level
The effort to reverse the U.S. childhood obesity rate cannot rest solely on clinicians. It takes primary care providers, public health professionals, community organizations, schools and more working across traditional professional borders to address obesity at the community level collectively and effectively. Here are six crucial steps to get started in your community. Read More

How One Mom is Raising the Profile of Sickle Cell Disease
Tammy Smith’s daughter, Precious, often got sick as a baby and she cried—a lot. It wasn’t until Precious became so sick and nearly died that Tammy learned Precious had sickle cell disease. Now, 30 years later, Tammy is working to ensure other families don’t have the same experience. Read More

Hospital Breaks Barriers for Cesarean Section Couplet
Keeping mother and baby together post Cesarean section has been a particularly difficult challenge for hospitals seeking to increase breastfeeding rates. With months of coaching from NICHQ as part of the New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals Collaborative, nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center knew a recent situation was an opportunity for change. Read More

A First Response to Safe Sleep Habits
Thousands of infants die each year in unsafe sleep conditions. Sadly, the majority of sleep-related deaths are preventable. One innovative and successful approach to reduce these tragic events is to train law enforcement, fire rescue squads and other first responders to educate families about safe sleep habits. Read More

Tips for Getting the Work Done

8 Tips for Engaging Leaders in Your Project
How to Cope with Change Fatigue
8 Strategies for Surviving Team Turnover
Holding Your QI Gains without the Pain

Resources to Support Your Work

NICHQ's Care Plan Template
Sickle Cell Pain in the Emergency Department: A Guide to Improving Care
Family Engagement Guide: The Role of Family Health Partners in Quality Improvement within a Pediatric Medical Home
NICHQ's Care Team Role Builder

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