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It’s Birthday Time for Babies

Most years, more babies are born in August than any other month. Giving every August baby the perfect birthday isn’t just about cake and candles though; it’s about creating equal opportunities for them to grow and thrive. Keep reading to find out how to address disparities so that all babies celebrate a happy, healthy first year.

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Build Systems Instead of Cycles

With more babies born, there's even more reason to break cycles of poverty and poor health outcomes, including rising opioid misuse. In a recent article, NICHQ’s Chief Health Officer expanded on why developing comprehensive, coordinated systems is the key to improvement. Find out more here

Looking for immediate strategies to improve birth rates in vulnerable communities? Sign up for a webinar on preventing and treating opioid use disorder in pregnancy, a condition that too often affects low-income families. 
 

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Support Safe Sleep for All

Racial disparities in sleep-related infant deaths persist, with black babies dying at twice the rate of white babies. We can change those numbers by remembering these two principles: 

  1. Conversations count. Helping all families understand safe sleep guidelines starts with better conversations. Here are more than a dozen strategies and tactics to support those efforts. 

  2. Pictures have power. Unsafe images of babies sleeping confuse families and caregivers. Find photos that are safe-sleep-friendly in this image gallery. 
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Bridge the Breastfeeding Gap

Improving exclusive breastfeeding rates for Hispanic mothers can help address breastfeeding disparities across the country. Here are three ideas to tap: 

  • Find community champions: Friends and relatives who breastfeed are powerful resources for new mothers in minority communities. 
  • Get digital: Online forums and social networking sites can connect new mothers with other mothers who speak their language, share their background and breastfeed.
  • Clarify communications: Enlist a native speaker to check all translated resources so that they are accurate and address cultural linguistic preferences. 

Interested in learning more. 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 vast change management experience helps us customize the best solution for you.

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