Millions of babies across the country attend child-care, which makes child-care providers invaluable allies for championing infant safe sleep: Child-care providers can make sure that all babies in their care sleep in a safe environment and they can help share guidelines and recommended practices with the families they serve. These two resources can help empower child-care providers as safe sleep champions.
These two resources can support state and community efforts to eliminate sleep-related infant deaths: a comprehensive literature review and specific examples of promising resources, programs and interventions states can spread and scale to reduce sleep-related infant deaths.
This interactive E-handout helps families learn about safe sleep practices. Health professionals can sit with families and click through the pages where they’ll find different sleep scenes and environments. A series of prompts and pop-ups show what is and is not safe and inspire learning conversations. Families can also access the handout at home and use it to teach their friends and families about safe sleep.
In recognition of National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, we’ve put together a collection of social media posts and graphics. Use these to raise awareness about SIDS and sleep-related deaths so that more babies reach year one. Download the toolkit to use on your own social channels and make sure to tag @NICHQ so we can like and share your post
Opportunities for Medicaid to Transform Pediatric Care for Young Children to Promote Health, Development, and Health Equity
Covering one half of young children birth to five, Medicaid (and Medicaid-CHIP programs) plays a critical role in improving young children’s health and developmental outcomes and assisting the families who support their healthy development. This document provides a common framework and specific opportunities for states and their partners working to improve Medicaid for young children.
In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, we’ve put together a collection of social media posts and graphics that can be used to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of breast milk, as well as empower and support all mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Download the toolkit to use on your own social channels and make sure to tag @NICHQ so we can like and share your post.
Recognizing and addressing biases is a critical step towards eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity. In this brief, you’ll find three resources to support your work to address your own implicit biases: seven steps we can all take to minimize implicit bias; A Q&A with health experts about how to recognize and address implicit bias; and a selection of stories shared with NICHQ about the many ways bias has affected individuals.
This issue brief will help mothers, families and family advocates understand the signs of maternal depression, the interdependence between caregiver-child health and well-being, and provides guidance on how mothers can connect with their pediatricians to get the help they need to heal.
Child care is unaffordable for the majority of working parents, especially for low-income and black and Hispanic working parents. This research brief provides insight and analysis about the challenges families face in affording childcare, which can underpin inequities in early childhood health and development.