Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
A quality improvement initiative to help Texas hospitals create environments in which women’s breastfeeding choices can best be supported, with the goal of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period and continuing through six months of age.
June 2012 to September 2017
- Who: Up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.
- Funder: This project is supported by the Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Title V.
- Our Role: Facilitate a Breakthrough Series Collaborative to apply quality improvement methodology to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the state of Texas. Provide an environment for rapid cycle Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) testing and the robust exchange of ideas with the support of world-class perinatal and quality improvement experts.
Supporting Children’s Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While most children may be unlikely to have adverse health effects from the illness, COVID-19’s overall impact on children’s health outcomes will likely be far reaching.
Participate in the Census, Promote Children’s Health
An accurate census count helps ensure that all children and families get the resources and representation they deserve to help them reach their optimal health. However, the census has historically undercounted millions of people, many of them children.
Addressing Black Maternal Mortality Rates Starts with Listening to Black Women
In New York State (NYS), Black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy or giving birth as white women. This disparity has persisted alongside the U.S.’s rising maternal mortality rate, which has doubled in the past 15 years. Recognizing the urgent need for change both within their state and across the nation, NYS launched an initiative to engage women of color in identifying sustainable solutions for improvement.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Rachel Leibowitz
Each month, we’re shining a spotlight on a NICHQ employee, asking them to share their memories, advice, and goals. Here, Accounts Payable Coordinator Rachel Leibowitz shares how her experience in non-profit finance has helped revamp NICHQ’s financial systems and support NICHQ employees' work to improve children's health outcomes.
Using an Equity Lens to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Louisiana
Louisiana has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. And troublingly, Black women are dying from pregnancy-related deaths at over four times the rate of white women. According to a recent report, more than half of these deaths could have been prevented by making a system change, either at the patient, community, or hospital level. These findings illustrate the enormous potential that quality improvement initiatives have for reducing maternal mortality in Louisiana and eliminating the Black-white disparity in maternal deaths.. Here, the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative shares seven opportunities for improvement.
Raising the Bar on Virtual QI Collaboration
Quality improvement (QI) projects are centered on collaborative learning. But with teams in different locations often balancing competing priorities, facilitating collaboration can be challenging. This is where virtual platforms come into play. The digital space has unmatched potential for engendering collaboration that not only transcends geographic barriers, but also enhances and simplifies QI processes. In this article, learn how an enhanced virtual platform is helping improvement teams collaborate, innovate, and make change.