Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN)
A multiyear national movement engaging federal, state and local leaders, public and private agencies, professionals, and communities to employ quality improvement, innovation and collaborative learning to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Infant Mortality CoIIN has identified six strategic areas to focus on:
- SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep: Improve safe sleep practices
- Smoking Cessation: Reduce smoking before, during and/or after pregnancy
- Preconception/Interconception Health: Promote healthy birth spacing and reduce unintended pregnancy
- Social Determinants of Health: Incorporate evidence-based policies/programs and place-based strategies to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes
- Prevention of Preterm and Early Term Births: Increase appropriate use of 17 OH progesterone, a hormone given to prevent pre-term labor, and/or reduce early elective deliveries (i.e., before 40 weeks gestation)
- Risk-appropriate Perinatal Care (perinatal regionalization): Increase the delivery of higher-risk infants and mothers at appropriate level facilities
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Phase one: 19 states in regions IV, V, and VI, September 2012 to August 2014 led by Abt Associates with NICHQ as subcontractor; Phase two: National Expansion, September 2013 to September 2017, led by NICHQ
- Who: Multifaceted stakeholders from many disciplines and agencies both within and across state boundaries. In 2012, IM CoIIN began with 13 states from the southern and southwestern U.S., with six other Midwestern states joining the effort in 2013. In 2014, IM CoIIN was expanded to the remaining 31 states and nine jurisdictions and refocused on national collaboration versus regional collaboration.
- Funder: The project was funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Our Role: In the first phase of the IM CoIIN, we provided project teams with technical assistance on how to incorporate quality improvement principles into their work. In the nationally focused phase, we led state teams and provided the data infrastructure, online community and continuing expert technical assistance needed to support their efforts. We worked with several national partners, including AMCHP, ASTHO and the March of Dimes.
Results Webinar: Big Wins and Next Steps in Addressing Infant Mortality
In a recent webinar, NICHQ shared the results and impact of the work to date, strategies that led to success, key resources and next steps to keep the momentum going.
View this webinar, as well as our full expert series here
The following issue briefs are a result of a shared commitment with our partners to spread learnings from the Infant Mortality CoIIN.
- Strategies to Increase Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in Medicaid
- Opportunities for States to Improve Women’s Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care
- Preventing Preterm Birth Through Progesterone: How Medicaid Can Help Increase Access
- Using Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Efforts to Advance State Health Agency Accreditation
- Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems
Mental Health Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit
Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated to fight stigma, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness. We’ve put together an online collection of social media posts and graphics to outline the significant role mental health plays in overall health and wellness and promote better mental health for children, families, and caregivers.
Addressing Early Childhood Health Equity in Communities and States
Early Childhood Health Equity (ECHE) work seeks to strengthen early childhood systems to support healthy child development and reduce health inequities and disparities that can have a lifelong impact. These briefs synthesize the recent work of the ECHE Landscape Project and highlight the themes and findings that emerged across the project activities.
National Infant Immunization Week 2021 Infographics
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of children throughout the country have missed routine vaccinations. Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from serious, highly contagious diseases, including measles, whooping cough and polio. During National Immunization Week, use these infographics to raise awareness about missed vaccinations and educate families on the importance of timely infant and child vaccinations.
Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding Myths and Facts
Pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care providers can use these documents during conversations with families to address myths and facts about safe infant sleep and breastfeeding.
Safe Sleep Social Media Toolkit
We’ve put together a collection of social media posts and graphics that can be used to advance advocacy, protection, and promotion of evidence-based safe-sleep practices to ensure that all babies are sleeping safely. Access the toolkit to use on your own social channels and make sure to tag @NICHQ so we can like and share your post.
Building on Campaigns with Conversations
These on-line modules, with extensive input from over 70 national organizations, are designed to help shift the approaches we have often used in promoting safe sleep and breastfeeding and to pull them together since they are all part of caring for a new baby.
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NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Olivia Giordano
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Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Initiative Invites Advocates to Join Communities of Practice
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Top Equity Resources for Pursuing Change in 2021
Throughout this year, it has become clearer to many that the hard truth of the racism that shaped our nation requires us all—now, today—to acknowledge and address its impact in our health care systems and in ourselves. That's why we're sharing a collection of NICHQ articles and webinars that your community found most valuable in their equity journeys.