NICHQ webinars bring together content and quality improvement experts to provide insight, advice and resources on ways to drive change in children's health outcomes. From sharing key project findings to addressing complex obstacles and opportunities, these webinars provide important tools and knowledge for all those working to improve children's health systems.

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Infant HealthEarly Childhood | Sickle Cell Disease | Quality Improvement

Infant Health

Infant Health

Improving Our Approach: Better Conversations About Breastfeeding

This webinar provides approaches and strategies health professionals can use to help mothers open up about the challenges they face when breastfeeding. By understanding those challenges, we can better provide the supports they need.

Viewers will walk away with insight on:

  • The supports and barriers facing breastfeeding mothers
  • Methods to identify breastfeeding concerns 
  • Conversational approaches to better identify and engage with breastfeeding concerns
  • Methods for inspiring behavioral change

The webinar concludes with a role-play scenario so attendees can see how to put these approaches into action.

Length: 1 hour
Moderator: Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, NICHQ Chief Health Officer
Speakers: Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH  • Suzanne Bronheim, PhD • Rebekka Henriksen • Lisa Bailey

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

How can we break the cycle of addiction and improve health for moms and babies? Experts discuss the benefits of universal screening for opioid use in the prenatal period and identify best practices of caring for a mother during the prenatal period. Specifically, viewers will learn about: 

  • Overview of the continuum of care for mothers and infants
  • Patient story 
  • Evidenced based recommendations and strategies to identify mothers and infants at risk
  • Standardized management of mothers and infants optimizing a non-pharmacologic care bundle
  • Importance of maternal involvement in care

Length: 1 hour
Moderator: Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, NICHQ Chief Health Officer
Speakers: Jennifer Sock  • Ron Iverson, MD, MPH • Mike Marcotte, MD Moira Crowley, MD • Elisha Wachman, MD

This webinar is provided by the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives

Safe Sleep

Improving Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes.

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA  • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Big Wins and Next Steps in Addressing Infant Mortality

Between 2012 and 2017, the Health Resources Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau engaged the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) in what became a nationwide effort to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. By the end of the period, national infant mortality rates had declined by 5 percent. In this webinar, NICHQ shares the results and impact of the national Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), strategies that led to success and key resources. 

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Scott Berns MD, MPH, FAAP • Zhandra Levesque, MPH Kay Johnson, MPH

residual-impact

The Residual Impact of Historical Structural Inequities: Connecting Residential Segregation and Mortgage Discrimination to Current Infant Mortality and Breastfeeding Rates

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health. .

Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Jaye Clement, MPH, MPP • Brittney Francis, MPH • Kiddada Green, MAT • Arthur James, MD • Jessica Roach, LPN, BA, MPH 

This webinar was co-sponsored by

 AMCHP

Learning from Rare Events Infant Mortality Data

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health. .

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Tricia Finnerty, MSc • Lloyd Provost, MS

The Role of State Health Leaders in Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health. 

Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Jay Butler, MD, CPE • Morgan F. McDonald, MD, FAAP, FACP • Christi Mackie, MPH; Ellen Pliska, MHS • Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH

This webinar was co-sponsored by

ASTHO

Exploring State Medicaid Performance Measures, Improvement Projects and Incentives to Promote Improvement in Women’s Health Services and Perinatal Outcomes

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health.

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Makalah Wagner, MSW Mike Herndon, DO

This webinar is co-sponsored by

 NASHP

The Prematurity Campaign Collaborative

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health. 

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Paul Jarris, MD, MBA • Lisa Waddell, MD, MPH  

This webinar is co-sponsored by 

March of Dimes

Aligning State and Local Health Departments to Improve Maternal and Child Health

This webinar is part of the Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality. The multi-part webinar series is an opportunity for public health professionals to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share examples and best practices for supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health. .

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Monica Beltran, MPH • Jessica Ehule, MS MSPH • Kara Foster, MPH • Denise Pecha, LCSW • Anne Statton

This webinar is co-sponsored by 

CityMatCH

Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Engaging Families from Diverse Backgrounds with Developmental Screening and Child Well-Being

Developmental screenings can change children’s lives. Screenings help ensure early diagnosis so that children with disabilities can receive the right care at the right time. Find out how to engage families from diverse backgrounds and improve screenings in your state. Listeners will walk away from the webinar with the strategies, tools and resources they need to increase family engagement and improve their developmental screening process.

Length: 1.5 hours

Title V Alignment

  • Become familiar with AMCHP and SPHARC as resources for your work
  • Get a snapshot of how Title V program activities fit into the goals of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network 
  • Learn how two of your Title V colleagues are implementing their NPM 6 activities 

Length: 1 hour

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program Webinar: Strategies and Next Steps for Improving Sickle Cell Disease

Learn about the impact of the 2014-2017 Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program Webinar (SCDTDP), which marked the first time in U.S. history that improvements in SCD care were tackled on a large, regional and national scale. 
 

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH

Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement

Engaging Senior Leadership in Your Quality Improvement (QI) Work

In partnership with the Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX), NICHQ's webinar offers insight on how to engage senior leaders in quality improvement work

Length: 1 hour
Speakers: Meghan Johnson, MSc • Ty Kane, MPH