NICHQ Announces Staffing Changes in Development, Finance, and Programs
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is pleased to announce the recent promotions of several dedicated members of our Development, Finance, and Programs teams.
Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
Meghan Jonhson, MSc –– VP, Mission Integration
Meghan Johnson, MSc, will take on the new role of VP of Mission Integration at NICHQ. As VP of Mission Integration, Johnson is responsible for promoting the active engagement of the staff and constituents in understanding, appreciating, sustaining, and advancing the mission of the NICHQ. She will play a central role in communicating NICHQ’s distinctive identity to a wide range of internal and external constituents.
Amy Oppenheim –– Director of Development
Amy Oppenheim has been named NICHQ’s Director of Development, tasked with building on its 20 years of success in catalyzing improvement in children’s healthcare, NICHQ is extending its focus to also include the other systems that affect the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families including public health and community resources. Additionally, Oppenheim will be responsible for identifying opportunities and strategic funders and partners, diversifying NICHQ’s portfolio of funding sources, supporting other members of NICHQ’s leadership team in cultivation efforts.
Kim Sprunck, MSW, MPH –– Director of Program Operations
Kim Sprunck, MSW, MPH will now serve as NICHQ’s Director of Program Operations. She will be responsible for overseeing policies, systems, and procedures to ensure effective delivery of NICHQ programs/projects, and work collaboratively with senior leadership and project staff to develop systems, processes, and support mechanisms to ensure efficient and streamlined program operations and delivery.
Dominique Maffei, MSc –– Associate Project Director
Domonique Maffei, MSc, has been named Associate Project Director of NICHQ’s Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHPP). She will be responsible for managing day to day funder relationship, providing oversight for project budget and contracts, clarifying, driving, and managing project scope and high-level deliverables and ensuring any changes are documented, communicated, and approved by project leadership, and sharing accountability for driving and achieving project results with project leadership.
Amy Hu, MBA –– Senior Financial Analyst
Amu Hu, MBA, will serve as NICHQ’s Senior Financial Analyst. She will be tasked with the maintenance of project financial accounting, reporting, and month end close. As a Senior Financial Analyst, Hu will be responsible for developing and assuring the implementation of accounting policies and procedures to ensure financial transactions are executed and documented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and funder requirements. Additionally, Hu will join senior team members in leading the annual budget and forecast process.
Kelly Edwards, MPH –– Senior Project Manager
Kelly Edwards, MPH, has taken on the role of Senior Project Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of all activities within a mid-size project and/or major components of large projects that are more complex in size and scope. Edwards is also responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of all activities within a mid-size project and/or major components of large projects that are more complex in size and scope.
Tess Pritchard –– Project Manager
Tess Pritchard will serve as a Project Manager on NICHQ’s Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP). She will be responsible for building and managing SHSPP project plans, driving and managing day to day project tasks, and specific deliverables, ensuring the project is on track to meet deadlines and within scope, and elevating any concerns regarding scope, timelines, or deliverables to project leadership.
NICHQ Welcomes Three New Board Members
Three experts in health care transformation have been elected to the National Institute for Children’s Healthy Quality (NICHQ) Board of Directors. LaToshia Rouse, CD (DONA) joined the NICHQ board in March 2022, and Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D., and Laurie Doran, MPH, joined in August 2022.
NICHQ Joins Coalition of Leading Experts to Address Perinatal Mental Health Crisis
In response to the national maternal perinatal mental health crisis, The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) has joined the Mind the Gap Initiative, a coalition of women, families, and leading organizations, led by Postpartum Support International (PSI), who have set forth a national strategic action plan to turn the tide on the crisis.
NICHQ Selected for Unprecedented National Partnership to Improve Kindergarten Readiness
As part of a $6.5 million partnership funded by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI), NICHQ, in collaboration with StriveTogether, will be leading an initiative to support early childhood health. It focuses on increasing school readiness and reducing disparities in children ages birth to 3 by building the capability of local providers to track and leverage data to drive improvement.
NICHQ to Lead the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Coordinating Center
NICHQ is proud to announce it was selected to be the coordinating center for the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC). In this role, NICHQ will serve as the resource hub for state-based perinatal quality collaboratives (PQCs) working on initiatives to improve maternal and child health outcomes. More specifically, NICHQ will provide change management and quality improvement (QI) technical assistance and facilitate network communication.
NICHQ Partners with AMCHP on Maternal and Child Environmental Health CoIIN
NICHQ’s expertise in running collaborative improvement and innovation networks (CoIINs) has landed it the role of leader of all CoIIN activities for a new Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN). The program aims to improve systems of care to address the needs of maternal, infant and child populations that are at risk for or experience exposure to lead.