Exploring State-Level Strategies to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes
This initiative will develop four case studies on the successes and barriers of individual state efforts to address preterm births. This work is part of a larger initiative to gain insights and perspective on how maternal health and well-being can help support optimum child health outcomes.
October 2018 to April 2020
- Who: The case studies will be developed in partnership with four states that participated with NICHQ on the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN) in 2013-2017.
- Funder: The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Our Role: Through site visits and interviews, NICHQ will study four states whose preterm birth rates, and associated disparities, improved or persisted during the Infant Mortality CoIIN. By examining what led to these different results, NICHQ will develop four comprehensive case studies that explore and document systems and infrastructure that promote or hinder improvements in preterm births.
Using Social Media to Raise Awareness about Infant Safe Sleep
Social media’s enduring popularity makes it an optimal resource for safe infant sleep awareness building and education. To help you maximize your social impact, we’ve pulled together some high-level strategies and best-practices on social media-use, from increasing your follower base to crafting share-able social posts to measuring your success.
How Health Care Systems Can Isolate Women
Latoshia Rouse is the mother of triplets who were born prematurely, at 26 weeks gestation. She is also someone who knows too well that health care systems can both support and fail families. From struggling to find prenatal care to experiencing a dangerous postpartum hemorrhage, Rouse’s story reveals extensive holes in the health care system. To shed light on the pressing need for improvement across the continuum, Rouse shares each phase of her story here.
Steps to Reduce Opioid-Related Stigma in Pediatric Care
Stigma increases the feelings of guilt and shame experienced by mothers exposed to opioids, leaving already vulnerable mothers feeling isolated from supports. Here, two experts share strategies pediatric providers can use to reduce stigma and improve care for families affected by the opioid epidemic.
The Top Stories of 2019
In the final weeks of 2019, we’re looking back at our most popular articles of the year. From supporting safe rooming-in to the benefits of co-regulation, here’s a rundown of the top ten website stories you found most engaging over the past year.
California Gears Up for Universal Trauma Screening
According to a recent federal report, at least five of the top ten leading causes of death are associated with early childhood trauma. Reducing exposure to trauma during childhood, then, is a vital upstream strategy for improving lifelong health outcomes for children across the country.
The Impact of Institutional Racism on Maternal and Child Health
Embedded within persistent disparities are the ongoing effects of institutional racism—racism that began with the enslavement of Black people, was embedded in our earliest institutions, and has continued to influence policies and practices ever since.