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.
After Action Reviews Improve Systems, Strengthen Teams
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) has incorporated AARs as a quality improvement tool for the past four years. Read a conversation with NICHQ Project Director Sandra Widland, MPH, and Associate Project Director Eliza Williamson about the ways NICHQ utilizes AARs in various projects and its benefits to healthcare professionals and others interested in improving systems.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Beverly Reyes, Project Coordinator
NICHQ Project Coordinator Beverly Reyes shares her deep passion for equity in healthcare, stemming from her family background and cultural experiences as a child of immigrants.
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 2023 conference season, where staff will give poster presentations and facilitate workshops at a variety of national maternal and child health conferences.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Ana Franklin, Development Manager
NICHQ Development Manager Ana Franklin shares her personal and professional commitment to health equity as the adopted daughter of a retired general health practitioner. As Development Manager, Ana is responsible for supporting the grant processes, such as managing the proposal development process and monitoring proposal timelines. As well as supporting process improvement, like developing templates and checklists that keep the whole process and proposal team organized and on track.
Getting Started with Land Acknowledgements
Land acknowledgements, like sharing our gender pronouns, are another part of bringing our fuller selves to our work and fostering an inclusive meeting culture. Land acknowledgements can demonstrate a respect for the original stewards of the land where we reside and gather. They can be an important tool for Natives and non-Natives to facilitate both honoring the past and acknowledging its impact on the present and future. Factors like where you live and if other equity practices (i.e. land acknowledgements and pronoun sharing) are incorporated into the other parts of your life can affect how fluidly you bring them into your professional role. By practicing inclusive meeting culture, humbly and with good intention, we have an opportunity to positively impact our participants and the communities we serve.
Gender-Affirming Healthcare Consistently Shown to Reduce Health Disparities for Youth
A February report from the American Medical Association confirmed that lack of access to puberty blockers or hormone therapy was strongly correlated with poor mental health and suicidal ideation among trans youth. Conversely, and powerfully, research released on March 29 shows that transgender and nonbinary young people who came out about their gender identity and had high family support reported lower rates of considering and attempting suicide in the past year.