Florida Children’s Medical Services Learning and Action Network
By building the quality improvement capacity of specialty programs, this learning and action network will grow and support a high-quality system of care in Florida that serves all children and youth with special healthcare needs, regardless of insurance status and location.
January 2019 to June 2025
- Who: NICHQ is partnering with the Florida Department of Health and seven specific Statewide Networks for Access and Quality: kidney failure; craniofacial/cleft lip and palate; diabetes; hematology/oncology; HIV/AIDS; pulmonary; and behavioral health. These seven networks represents 33 institutions.
- Funder: The project is funded by the State of Florida Department of Health
- Our Role: NICHQ is leading a learning and action network (LAN) for seven SNAQ teams to improve the quality and access to care for children and youth with special healthcare needs. NICHQ facilitates LAN goals through teaching and supporting the application of the Model for Improvement to increase quality improvement capacity of participating SNAQ teams.
Racially Motivated Violence is a Children’s Health Issue
In the wake of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Highland Park, and too many others, we discuss the mental health implications of racially motivated and gun violence on children and their families with Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, Executive Project Director and Equity Lead at NICHQ, and Becky Russell, MSPH, Senior Director of Applied Research and Evaluation at NICHQ.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Kenn Harris
Here, NICHQ Executive Project Director and Engagement Lead Kenn Harris shares his experience with the Federal Healthy Start Program and encourages organizations to dive deeper when addressing equity.
To Improve Maternal Health, We Must Depoliticize Racial Equity
Earlier this year, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that maternal mortality rates increased during the first year of the pandemic, continuing a decades-long trend of increasing pregnancy-related deaths. With our Joint Organizational Commitment, NICHQ acknowledges that racism is a public health crisis and lays out our commitments to critically analyze and change our organizational systems with the goal of advancing racial equity.
Look for NICHQ at Upcoming Spring Maternal Child Health Conferences
Teams at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality are preparing for an exciting spring 2022 conference season, where staff will provide keynote addresses, give poster presentations, and facilitate workshops at a variety of national maternal and child health conferences.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Ashidah Baker, Associate Director of Human Resources
NICHQ Associate Director of Human Resources Ashidah Baker, shares insight about NICHQ’s HR policies and practices and how they're reflective of the organization's equity journey.
New Roadmap Provides Framework for Engaging Patient and Family Partners in Quality Improvement
Patient and family partnerships are an essential element of health equity. By supporting patient and family voices and encouraging space for collaboration, public health professionals can help ensure shared vision and values are at the forefront of determining solutions to improve a community’s health outcomes. The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Florida Department of Health Office of Children’s Medical and Specialty Services have recently developed a Roadmap to Inviting, Engaging, and Including Patient/Family Partners in Quality Improvement and Other Related Initiatives.