The Top Ten Children's Health Stories of 2019
In the final weeks of 2019, we’re looking back at our most popular articles of the year. From supporting safe rooming-in to the benefits of co-regulation, here’s a rundown of the top ten website stories you found most engaging over the past year.
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Read on to make sure you didn’t miss out on the stories your peers found most valuable in 2019.
Babies "rooming-in" with mothers after birth not only has the potential to improve health outcomes for moms and babies, but it is a critical strategy for closing equity gaps in breastfeeding and, in turn, equity gaps in maternal and infant health. Here, three experts offer advice on keeping moms and babies together safely so that both can benefit from this critical practice.
Before children learn how to make a friend or resolve a conflict, they need to develop the capacity to self-regulate their emotions. Here, Gerard Costa, PhD, the founding director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University, explains why pediatric health professionals need to talk to families about co-regulation. (Hint, he also offers a resource for inspiring those conversations).
Health is about more than health care. That's why North Carolina is developing a system that connects individuals with resources to address social, economic and environmental barriers to their health—such as housing, food insecurity, and transportation. Learn how they're improving health outcomes by putting funding and policy efforts into addressing social determinants of health.
Hospitals on a national initiative to improve safe sleep recently came together and shared successes and lessons-learned. Here, find their highest-rated strategies for driving meaningful change, all of which reflect early successes in their work. Hospitals seeking to improve safe sleep education can refer to this list as a place to start and guide for gaining quick wins.
Fathers play a vital role in supporting children's health and development, beginning in the prenatal period and continuing through early childhood and adolescence. Too often though, fathers face barriers that get in the way of their involvement. In this article, NICHQ President Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, describes strategies to empower fathers, ideas to support systems-change, and insights on leveraging two-generation approaches.
With rising opioid addiction rates, increasingly high numbers of babies are being born with NAS. Centering NAS care on the mother-child relationship has powerful potential for improving infant health outcomes, empowering mothers as caregivers, and supporting a holistic continuum of care. Here, Matthew Grossman, MD, expands on the benefits of a mother-centered approach for treating NAS.
Families in rural communities across the country face unique barriers to supporting their children’s developmental health and well-being. In this article, learn how community coalitions in Alaska are connecting families to needed supports and services so more rural children can start school ready to succeed.
Universal developmental screenings can help identify children at risk for developmental delays so they can reach their full potential. An effective screening process relies on successful referrals though—without a referral, families can never access the supports the child may need. Here, Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, provides five steps to build a referral process that works.
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we’ve taken time with Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, an internationally and nationally recognized expert on breastfeeding nutrition, education and policy. Here, she shares how harnessing successes, addressing bias and breaking down barriers that prevent equity can help us pursue sustainable improvements in the years ahead.
Experts from the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Postpartum Support Charleston analyze the impact of maternal depression on children and families, and describe concrete steps health professionals can take to ensure that more mothers are screened and referred to support and resources. Read the article.
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Supporting Children’s Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While most children may be unlikely to have adverse health effects from the illness, COVID-19’s overall impact on children’s health outcomes will likely be far reaching.
Participate in the Census, Promote Children’s Health
An accurate census count helps ensure that all children and families get the resources and representation they deserve to help them reach their optimal health. However, the census has historically undercounted millions of people, many of them children.
Promoting Fathers’ Mental Health During Children's Early Childhood
Father involvement has significant benefits for everyone involved. But too often, social expectations about masculinity and structural barriers make it difficult for fathers to get involved, especially during the early years of life.
Addressing Black Maternal Mortality Rates Starts with Listening to Black Women
In New York State (NYS), Black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy or giving birth as white women. This disparity has persisted alongside the U.S.’s rising maternal mortality rate, which has doubled in the past 15 years. Recognizing the urgent need for change both within their state and across the nation, NYS launched an initiative to engage women of color in identifying sustainable solutions for improvement.
Four Steps to Address Racism’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health
Racism has been baked into U.S. systems and structures since enslavement, and Black families and other people of color are still suffering its consequences. As health professionals, it’s vital to acknowledge that all forms of racism—institutional, personally mediated and internalized—are real, are present in health systems, and are adversely affecting the health of Black families. One person can’t solve a systemic problem, but there are impactful steps everyone can take to help address it.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Rachel Leibowitz
Each month, we’re shining a spotlight on a NICHQ employee, asking them to share their memories, advice, and goals. Here, Accounts Payable Coordinator Rachel Leibowitz shares how her experience in non-profit finance has helped revamp NICHQ’s financial systems and support NICHQ employees' work to improve children's health outcomes.