We make change happen
We don’t just talk about making change, we make it happen. We bring multidisciplinary teams to the table and build strategies to tackle children’s health issues in a whole new way.
Our promise for catalyzing change
Innovation happens when smart, passionate people approach difficult problems with fresh ideas, leading technology and a nimble but proven process to catalyze change. This is NICHQ. We pour our energy and expertise into delivering faster, better solutions to help children and families live healthier lives. We promise our partners that we will always push the boundaries on what can be done, get buy-in from participants all along the way, and have the data to prove real change is happening.
We Did it for the Babies: A Story of Collective Impact
Inspire better infant feeding habits by sparking a social movement in your state. This is what we saw in New York State during an initiative that brought improved breastfeeding care to approximately 25 percent of New York mothers so that they could give their babies the best start possible. Discover their story here.
Social-Emotional Health is Often Invisible, But Needs Support Too
Here, NICHQ Project Director Colleen Murphy, MSMOB, shares how a classroom shooting changed her daughter's life and inspired Murphy to improve children's health systems.
Getting My Son the Support He Needed Shouldn’t Have Been this Hard
When NICHQ's Senior Director of Programs thought her son might have a disability, she realized that health systems can leave mothers feeling powerless to help their children. It's one of the reasons she's so committed to their improvement.
Helping Health Plans Improve Asthma Outcomes
Asthma currently affects over six million children across the U.S., making it one of the most widespread chronic childhood diseases. And while successful treatments exist, too many children still end up in the emergency room fighting to breathe. Working with health plans can change those numbers by ensuring that preventative treatments and services help more children. Here's how one state is engaging health plans to improve asthma outcomes.
Starting School Prepared Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege
In theory, everyone should start school on equal footing. But the reality is very different for many children across the country. Even before birth, social determinants of health such as parental income and maternal education affect a child's developmental health. Changing this means building stronger systems that support and empower families so all children can achieve kindergarten readiness.
Our Systems Meant to Help Are Hurting Black Families
When does mandated reporting hurt rather than improve health outcomes? Erin Cloud, who’s spent the past seven years advocating for parents in the child welfare system, shares a thought provoking story about what happens when biased reporting causes unintentional harm. Here, we shine a spotlight on this troubling example of when systems meant to support children’s health end up failing black mothers and children.