Many Hands Make Improvement Possible
The most effective improvement efforts bring together the voices and talents of diverse stakeholders. This month, we’re highlighting tips and tools to help you build and engage an all-star quality improvement team.
Parents are Super Partners
Parents are the number one advocates for their children. Giving them a voice at the table means giving a voice to those most affected by the systems we seek to improve. In this short article, find out how to identify the ideal parent partners and capitalize on their knowledge and energy.
Create a Rock Star Care Team
Pediatric practices are sites that can spark immediate change in children’s health. Practices can use NICHQ’s Care Team Role Builder to:
- Assign key improvement activities to the right care team member
- Choose the most appropriate way to communicate results and next-steps to patients
- Build a schedule that designates the time needed for each task and activity
Click in to create a personalized guide for your practice.
Become an Expert Collaborator
Empowering stakeholders to work together can revolutionize your change initiative. Encourage collaboration by establishing shared aims; developing a cohesive, team-approved process; and leveraging digital tools that support virtual communication. Keep reading for other collaboration tips or explore our Collaboratory as a tool to engage and support virtual teammates.
Partner With Us
Are you interested in using these changes ideas to improve children’s 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.
Did You Know Childhood Trauma Affects Nearly Half of American Children?
In the United States, 34.8 million children—nearly half of American children—are exposed to adverse childhood experiences. These experiences fall under the category of early childhood trauma and can severely harm children's future health and well-being. Click in to find out more about this rampant and often unreported problem.
Taking A Two-Generation Approach to Children’s Health
From infancy, children rely on their parents to learn about and cultivate the habits and skills that will ensure their health. So when a parent struggles, children’s health may suffer. In this interview with NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, we discuss why the two-generation approach is essential for children’s health, and how we can use it to drive systems-level change.
Go Ahead, Call Him Four Eyes
"I certainly didn’t know my now 18-month old son needed glasses," shares NICHQ's Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy. Read more about their experience and what NICHQ is doing to have an impact on the children's vision screening system.
Mastering the Planning Stage of PDSAs
If you’ve completed PDSA cycles but are having difficulty identifying changes that lead to improvement, it’s time to take a step back and review your PDSA process, starting with the “P.” The planning stage sets the foundation of your PDSA cycle, which means mastering it is essential. Click in for tips on improving each element of your planning stage.
Ignoring Safe Sleep Progress Risks Increasing Safe Sleep Deaths
A recent American Academy of Pediatrics article concluded that, due to national SUID rates stagnation, states needed to re-examine their efforts to improve safe-sleep practices. We couldn’t agree more that these statistics invite increased focus on sleep-related deaths. However, along with understanding where progress has stalled, there is much to learn from progress that has been made and take steps to leverage those successes.
From 50th in the Nation to a National Success. Delaware Improves Early Childhood Outcomes
Right now, more than 15 percent of children miss out on early developmental screenings and risk their future health. Find out what Delaware is doing to prioritize screenings and make sure Delaware children start school healthy and prepared.