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 2020
- 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.
National Action Teams Promote Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Across the Country
Over the past decade, improvements in sleep-related infant deaths have stagnated. Now, four national action teams are working together to drive measurable change in four priority areas: Aligning National, State and Local Efforts; Promoting Conversation Modules; Supporting Early Child Care and Education; and Public Media and Media Relations.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Sandra Widland
In honor or our 20th anniversary, we're sharing insights, memories and goals from the NICHQ team. Here, NICHQ Associate Project Director Sandra Windland shares how her love for sports and interest in Kinesiology sparked her passion for public health.
Strengthening the Developmental Screening Process
Two counties in southeast Kansas are streamlining early childhood systems to ensure effective developmental screenings and referrals to supportive services to improve children’s developmental health outcomes.
Breastfeeding Takes a Village and, Too Often, Black Women Don’t Have One
Breastfeeding peer support networks run for and by Black women fill a gap in breastfeeding support for Black women—a gap largely created by historic and systemic inequities. Here, Khadija Garrison Adams, co-founder of Black Lactation Circle (BLaC) of Central Ohio, shares how their community is empowering black pregnant and nursing mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals.
Ohio’s Multi-Pronged Approach to Addressing the Opioid Crisis
The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative is testing innovative strategies for improving outcomes for the thousands of families affected by the opioid crisis. Here, they share their approach, including standardizing identification and treatment for opioid exposed infants in NICUs, encouraging compassionate responses from providers, and ensuring comprehensive, coordinated maternity care.
Eliminating Sleep-Related Infant Deaths Starts by Identifying What Causes Them
Understanding what causes infant deaths gives states and communities the information they need to identify focused, effective solutions. This makes infant mortality data—data that reveals the causes and contributors to death and system barriers—irreplaceable assets for any infant health improvement effort. And that makes the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (National CFRP) an essential partner.