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.
“NICHQ has developed a comprehensive and robust approach to guiding and supporting CoIINs and we are thrilled to partner up with AMCHP on this important maternal and child health topic,” says NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP.
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) was awarded the three-year MCEH CoIIN from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). NICHQ is a lead partner on the initiative, providing training and guidance to 11 state teams on quality improvement, as well as execution of the CoIIN model, processes and activities, including data collection and collaborative learning.
“There remains a gap between what we know and what we do with regard to providing access to coordinated care for families that are at risk for or have experienced lead exposure,” says NICHQ Chief Scientific Officer Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH. “Because state and community responses to reducing lead exposure require coordinated, cross-sector approaches, applying a CoIIN model to state efforts to reduce and mitigate lead exposure will be a way to leverage and expand existing efforts and improve on current promising models of practice.”
New NICHQ Initiative Targets Pediatric Settings to Improve Early Childhood Development
Research shows that healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to support socioemotional development in early years. NICHQ’s newest initiative plans to make the most of those findings through a 30-month project that will improve early childhood socioemotional development by using pediatric settings as a primary point of intervention.
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.