Mom, this Month's for You
Supporting children’s health means supporting mothers. The mothers who hold their children’s hands, protect their hearts and inspire their dreams. The mothers who go to any lengths to give their kids the best chance at a healthy life. At NICHQ, we strive to support moms at every stage of their journey. Keep reading to find out how.
from NICHQ Moms
Our commitment to systems change is personal. We're moms (and dads and grandparents and caregivers!) who've seen firsthand the affect our health systems have on the children we love. Here, our NICHQ moms share why their experiences inspire their work.
Tell us your story
Tell us about a time you had to advocate for your child’s health. Email us and share your experience.
Beginning Before Birth
Even before they’ve met, moms are fighting for their children, trying to help their babies have the best start possible. Ready to help mom have a healthy and positive pregnancy? Here are two ideas.
- Keep her stress free. Chronic stress can cause preterm births, the number one cause of infant deaths. In this article, you’ll find strategies for tackling two common triggers.
- Help her kick the habit. Smoking is a dangerous addiction for both moms and babies, resulting in stillbirths and birth defects. Find out how West Virginia helped moms overcome cultural norms of smoking and socio-economic challenges to keep their babies healthy.
For the Moms
Who Do It All
Who Do It All
She cares for her family, balances jobs and a household, all while putting her children’s needs first. And for new moms trying to breastfeed, this happens on very little sleep. Here, we offer over 20 different articles with ideas to support breastfeeding mothers so that their babies can get the best start possible. Looking for more inspiration? Read this case study about a breastfeeding initiative that affected the lives of over 150,000 mothers and infants.
Partner With Us
If your commitment to moms matches ours, consider helping us drive change 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.
What People Say
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.
Being a parent partner for NICHQ ...has been a pure honor. I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to work on a NICHQ project to take advantage of it. Working with them has opened many doors for me in the medical field.
Prior to the working with NICHQ, we had had some broad areas of focus for our plan for the year, but really had no strategy or mechanism for testing whether a change that we implemented was an improvement. And we’d always implement statewide before knowing if the change was beneficial. I’ve seen other participants in NICHQ projects make a similar shift and now think about how things are possible instead of impossible.
Working with NICHQ has been a very rewarding experience … A partnership with families has been a hallmark of what the Maternal and Child Health Bureau has done for years, but NICHQ really demonstrated how important those partnerships are.
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.
I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed and learned from all of you at NICHQ. You are enthusiastic, supportive, smart and FUN. You have talked me off the ledge many times when I wanted to quit. You are true leaders and passionate about what you do.
I really can't say enough good things about what your NICHQ team has done to help us get things moving in Texas! I have loved working with all of you and have learned so much from everyone.