A New Beginning for Newborns
Birds chirping, flowers budding and energy building. Nature’s waking up from winter, reminding us of new beginnings and sparking excitement in what’s to come. This year, let’s harness that springtime energy around supporting our favorite new beginning: let’s help more babies reach year one. Scroll down to explore three focus areas.
Sleeping Safe and Sound
Each year, over 3,000 healthy babies die in the U.S. because of sleep-related deaths. At NICHQ, we’re not OK with that number. Ready to join us in taking action?
In a webinar on April 25 at 2 p.m. ET, Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, will share and model tactics for engaging in conversations that can reach all caregivers. Join us and walk away with language and strategies that you can put into practice immediately following the webinar.
An Equal Chance at an Equal Start
Poverty, ethnicity and education all influence the significant infant health disparities that exist in the U.S. Helping all babies reach year one means addressing these among other critical social determinants of health. This article describes three specific ideas for improving health equity in your state or community.
Ideas for Reducing
Early Birth Rates
Ten percent of babies born in the U.S. are born prematurely, placing them at higher risk for health problems and complications. Wondering how to improve? Consider the following:
- Support screenings that identify risk factors for preterm birth
- Provide training to enhance patient, family and community engagement
- Improve access to progesterone, which can help alleviate premature births
- Advance education about the risks of nonmedical early elective delivery
Looking for more ideas? Open our Infant Mortality Prevention Toolkit, click pre- and early-term births, and dive into case studies and evidence-based strategies to get you started.
Implement Change to Reduce Infant Deaths
Are you interested in using these change ideas to improve infant health in a population, state or healthcare setting? Contact to NICHQ to discuss:
- Opportunities to identify partners and strategies to get partner buy-in
- Tools used to track data and enhance collaboration
- Training on consistent messaging and counseling
From supporting individual organizations to national programs, NICHQ’s vast change management experience helps us customize the best solution for you.
Essentials of Collaboration
This interactive course explores how to produce positive population health outcomes through effective collaboration. With directions on breaking down silos, aligning activities, and working productively together, this course provides a foundation for partnering with others to make a difference in your community.
Quality Improvement 102
This interactive course provides further insight into the quality improvement best practices needed to create effective change. The course reviews the concepts covered in Quality Improvement 101, and then gives direction on how to test improvement ideas and increase their impact and effectiveness. Lessons and exercises provide examples of best practices and offer direction on moving from one PDSA cycle to another.
Quality Improvement 101
This interactive course teaches the fundamentals of quality improvement (QI) and how to use this methodology to create effective, beneficial change. Lessons and exercises go over important elements such as the Model for Improvement, Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles, implementation and spread.
Infant Mortality CoIIN Prevention Toolkit
This interactive toolkit allows users to learn from participants in the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN). Organized by topics from the initiative, this toolkit features change ideas, case studies, videos and key insights from teams who are working to reduce infant mortality throughout the country.
Strategies to Increase Access to LARC in Medicaid
This issue brief details the use of LARC in preventing unplanned pregnancies, the current availability and education for women, barriers to prescribing LARC, and potential Medicaid reimbursement models to improve LARC access.
Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems
This issue brief analyzes the perinatal regionalization as a system for improving risk-appropriate care, and how Medicaid funding can be used by states to better serve at-risk moms and connect them with the right treatment.