NICHQ’s Charlie Homer Named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the US Department of Health & Human Services
NICHQ is pleased to announce that Charlie Homer, MD, MPH, NICHQ’s co-founder and long-standing president and CEO, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), effective April 6. In his new role, Homer will oversee policy research, evaluation and coordination across HHS related to poverty and vulnerable populations.
Homer had announced his intent to step down from his current position at NICHQ last fall, at which time the NICHQ Board of Directors initiated a national search for a new president and CEO. That process is expected to be completed within the next few months.
“We are thrilled about this opportunity for Charlie and for NICHQ,” said NICHQ’s Board Chair, Fay Donohue. “His appointment to this important government post underscores his vast experience and boundless passion to improve the lives of children and families. At the same time, it is a testament to the enormous contributions NICHQ has made under his leadership.”
“Charlie has had an immeasurable impact on countless patients, parents and providers,” said NICHQ Chief Health Officer Shikha Anand, MD, MPH. “From NICHQ’s original focus on improving clinical quality for children with special healthcare needs to its current broader emphasis on the social conditions that contribute to childhood obesity, infant mortality and other public health challenges, Charlie has left a lasting legacy of improving the wellbeing of vulnerable populations.”
Current NICHQ board member, Scott O’Gorman, will serve as NICHQ’s interim president and CEO until Homer’s replacement is selected. O’Gorman most recently served as president of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), a managed care organization committed to ensuring quality health coverage and services for underserved populations.
“We are all immensely grateful to Charlie for helping form NICHQ and for leading the organization for the past 15 years,” said O’Gorman. “Under his vision and leadership, NICHQ has established a strong reputation and track record. The organization is well positioned for future growth and success on the solid foundation Charlie has built.”
NICHQ to Develop Evidence-Informed Framework to Improve Equity in Health Systems
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) has begun a two-year initiative to develop an Equity Systems Continuum framework for healthcare systems to address systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Efforts will focus on refining the Equity Systems Continuum through a maternal and children’s health lens. The project is funded by a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
NICHQ Board of Directors Welcomes Dr. Charlene Collier and Dr. Stephen Cha
NICHQ is excited to welcome two new members to our board of directors. Dr. Charlene Collier and Dr. Stephen Cha will support our work to eliminate health disparities and ensure all children reach their optimal health.
Explore HRSA’s New Newborn Screening Information Center
To increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening and genetic conditions, NICHQ partnered with Genetic Alliance, a newborn screening content expert and leading national health organization, to develop, revise and deliver general, state-specific and condition-specific newborn screening website content.
NICHQ CEO, Co-authors Call for Reframing the Obesity Prevention Narrative
On Oct. 17, 2020, an article published in Maternal and Child Nutrition calls for a holistic life-course approach to childhood obesity prevention that includes an equitable developmental perspective. “Reframing the early childhood obesity prevention narrative through an equitable, nurturing approach” was coauthored by Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, President and CEO of the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ).
NICHQ Names Heidi Brooks Chief Operating Officer
Heidi Brooks, MA, MBA joined NICHQ’s executive team as Chief Operating Officer on June 29, 2020. Her key responsibilities include management of the general and administrative functions of the organization, including operations, human resources, and facilities management. Heidi shares how her previous experience has led her to join the leading national children’s health quality organization.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Children’s Health Advocates
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new coronavirus. It first appeared in China in 2019 and is now a global outbreak, with an increasing number of cases spreading across the U.S. Knowledge about the outbreak, including who is most at risk and how it spreads, is constantly evolving. Below, is a summary of key information related to children’s health and links to information references.