Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support
This project aims to increase the detection and diagnosis of visual impairment in children aged five years and younger by enhancing the capacity of state public health agencies to use and apply quality improvement principles and practices to implement universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.
September 2015 to August 2018
- Who: Improvement teams in Arizona, Ohio and Wyoming
- Funder: The project is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau and led by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health and Prevent Blindness.
- Our Role: Facilitate a virtual, modified Breakthrough Series learning collaborative to jointly identify challenges, interventions, implementation and measurement related to implementing universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.
Social-Emotional Health is Often Invisible, But Needs Support Too
Here, NICHQ Project Director Colleen Murphy, MSMOB, shares how a classroom shooting changed her daughter's life and inspired Murphy to improve children's health systems.
Getting My Son the Support He Needed Shouldn’t Have Been this Hard
When NICHQ's Senior Director of Programs thought her son might have a disability, she realized that health systems can leave mothers feeling powerless to help their children. It's one of the reasons she's so committed to their improvement.
Helping Health Plans Improve Asthma Outcomes
Asthma currently affects over six million children across the U.S., making it one of the most widespread chronic childhood diseases. And while successful treatments exist, too many children still end up in the emergency room fighting to breathe. Working with health plans can change those numbers by ensuring that preventative treatments and services help more children. Here's how one state is engaging health plans to improve asthma outcomes.
Starting School Prepared Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege
In theory, everyone should start school on equal footing. But the reality is very different for many children across the country. Even before birth, social determinants of health such as parental income and maternal education affect a child's developmental health. Changing this means building stronger systems that support and empower families so all children can achieve kindergarten readiness.
Our Systems Meant to Help Are Hurting Black Families
When does mandated reporting hurt rather than improve health outcomes? Erin Cloud, who’s spent the past seven years advocating for parents in the child welfare system, shares a thought provoking story about what happens when biased reporting causes unintentional harm. Here, we shine a spotlight on this troubling example of when systems meant to support children’s health end up failing black mothers and children.
How Do We Address Safe Sleep Disparities? Start by Building Trust
Healthy babies shouldn’t die in their sleep. But, despite decades of trying to reduce the number of sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) they still persist. And most often, their persistence affects families of color. In this article, Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, Stacy Scott, shares ideas on how we can best address this alarming lack of equity and reduce sleep-related deaths across all populations.