NICHQ Expands Board of Directors
NICHQ has elected two new members to its board of directors. Calvin Johnson, MD, MPH, and Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, both bring extensive experience and passion for ensuring access to quality healthcare services for underserved populations.
Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH
Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, is the founder and principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on data-driven healthcare policy, care delivery and population health management. Prior to that, Johnson held positions including executive vice president and chief medical officer for Corizon Health, the largest provider of correctional healthcare in the U.S., and executive vice president and chief medical officer for MinSec Companies, a provider of transitional housing services and programs, behavioral healthcare treatment and Veterans’ housing and support services. He was also previously the vice president and chief medical officer of Temple University Health System and the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health.
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, is a professor and the chairman of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior vice president for Community Affairs at Children's National Medical Center, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives. He is also an adjunct professor of emergency medicine and health policy at The George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, as well as, affiliate faculty at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
“With their impressive and impactful backgrounds in health policy, public health, community partnerships and working with underserved populations, Calvin and Joe each bring critical perspectives, experiences and skills that will help advance NICHQ's mission,” says NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “We couldn’t be happier to have such high-caliber healthcare leaders joining our board.”
Read more about Johnson, Wright and all of the members of NICHQ’s board of directors.
NICHQ Study on Promoting Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic was Published by Nursing for Women’s Health
BOSTON – Maternity Care Clinicians’ Experiences Promoting Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic details findings from a study led by NICHQ researchers of maternity care services of 10 U.S. hospitals from April through September 2020. Participants were asked about challenges and opportunities promoting infant safe sleep and breastfeeding during the pandemic. Published: March 10, 2023 | Nursing for Women's Health
NICHQ Announces Staffing Changes in Communications, Development
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is pleased to announce the recent promotions of two dedicated members of our Communications and Development teams. Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
NICHQ Study on Community Promotion of Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Published by BMC Public Health
BOSTON – Community-based approaches to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion: a qualitative study, led by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), details opportunities and challenges to improve community-level promotion of infant safe sleep (ISS) and breastfeeding in communities vulnerable to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding disparities. Published: March 7, 2023 | BMC Public Health
NICHQ Names Dr. Zsakeba Henderson Senior Health Advisor
Dr. Zsakeba Henderson will join the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality as a Senior Medical Advisor, where she will advise NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, to help advance the work of the organization to ensure every child achieves their optimal health.
NICHQ Receives $4M Unrestricted Donation From Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
BOSTON – The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) was awarded a generous $4M donation in unrestricted funds from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to advance its vision of every child achieving their optimal health. “To give an unrestricted gift is to put an immense amount of trust and responsibility in a nonprofit,” said NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH in the Boston Globe. “I promise we are a worthy cause.”
NICHQ Creates Department of Health Equity Innovation to Address Systemic Health Inequities
BOSTON – The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) recently launched a new Health Equity Innovation Department, led by VP of Equity Innovation Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, with the goal of accelerating strategies that address systemic health inequities. Some of the ongoing work the Health Equity Innovation Department will support is the Equity Systems Audit Tool, co-created by NICHQ and the Global Infant Safe Sleep (GISS) Center to assess implicit and explicit bias in healthcare systems. The department will also support internal equity engagement and support existing projects to ensure they are effectively incorporating equity. New projects related to health equity will be identified and prioritized within the next few months.