Be a Children’s Health Champion
Speak Up For Those Most in Need
A webinar on leveraging Medicaid
Vulnerable children and families are often most in need of advocacy. We can’t speak up on their behalf unless we understand what resources can support them. Join NICHQ for a webinar where you’ll learn how Medicaid—which covers nearly half of all children under five—can be used to improve early childhood health and address disparities. This webinar will include a focus on helping families and community advocates understand and leverage Medicaid.
Get Social, Inspire Change
Whether you’re trying to reduce infant mortality, increase exclusive breastfeeding rates, improve developmental outcomes, or promote services for children with complex healthcare needs, great graphics in social media can help you spread your message to your target audience. You can get started today by helping us get out the word about the importance of #SafeSleep messages. Click in for some easy-to-steal graphics you can use in your own social campaigns.
Demystify Your Message
Let’s face it, children’s health issues can get complicated quickly. Spreading your message means making sure consumers, community members, the media and elected officials understand what you’re saying and why they should care. Here are five ways to un-complicate your message:
- Circulate clear fact sheets to target communities
- Organize informational, public meetings at community gathering sites
- Write to those your issue will most impact and share how they can help
- Submit editorial pieces to your local newspaper to raise awareness
- Create an online community where you can answer questions and share information
Interested in more ideas on building a public health social movement? Read the full article here.
Let's Work Together
Are you interested in using these change ideas to improve children’s health in a population, state or healthcare setting? Contact NICHQ to discuss our services that support:
- Strategies for identifying partners and getting buy-in
- Tools used to track data and enhance collaboration
- Training on methods to support a culture of improvement
From supporting individual organizations to national programs, NICHQ’s change management expertise helps us customize the best solution for you.
What People Are Saying
Our work to improve children’s vision and eye health in the U.S. has always centered on big ideas and massive systems shifts, thus we found the process of continuous quality improvement to be an exciting new way to tackle the challenges we face in our work.
NICHQ has really supported our work by formalizing a process to do PDSA cycles, report and track how our progress is doing. As a data person, CoLab has been really instrumental in terms of gathering the data and tracking it over time.
I am so impressed by the processes that the NICHQ staff use so well to enable teams in many different locations to learn and share, to practice QI processes, to support and inspire each other. NICHQ helps busy people find time to do important and difficult work that improves clinical practice, and to sustain the changes they themselves developed. I’m lucky to have been connected to NICHQ!
For me, NICHQ is uniquely positioned to support complex, system-based efforts to improve child health and healthcare, locally and on a national scale. NICHQ helped my teams succeed by supporting collaboration, information management, and continuous learning. With NICHQ's help, the whole of our work was much greater than the sum of each of our individual efforts!
It has been an honor to work with NICHQ as a Parent Faculty member. I admire how NICHQ continues to center their work around the people directly impacted by it: families and children. They actively work to include these voices throughout project implementation, ensuring that policies remain grounded in patient experiences and feedback. The expertise and professionalism of NICHQ staff has meant that I always feel supported, and confident that all stake holders are included in the process.
I feel like I am always learning when I am exposed to NICHQ. I am actually really going to miss it when this collaborative ends!
Working with NICHQ, I have been able to assist communities all over New York State with their breastfeeding care efforts. The NICHQ staff is experienced, organized and thorough, ensuring each interpersonal interaction is maximally engaging and productive. Because of the way change efforts are organized, I find myself learning new procedural and educational techniques, and even more about my own field! Thanks to NICHQ for including me on this interesting ride.
I was very hesitant about quality improvement in the beginning but NICHQ reformed me. I have been working within our region and our state with health partners for years, but we have made more progress working with NICHQ through your learning process and collaboration than with any other group.
I'm passionate about early identification and connection to services and supports for children and families because we know acting early makes a difference. When I learned that the ECCS CoIIN leverages collaboration, innovation and quality improvement methods to improve early childhood systems, I was thrilled to get involved. There is a great focus on parent engagement too, so I was really happy to join the team and be a part of this great work.