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Young breastfeeding motherConversations Can Stop Sleep-Related Infant Deaths
More than 3,000 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. Let's change those numbers by improving conversations with caregivers about safe sleep practices. To help, Founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, and a team of experts compiled a list of tactics and examples to support infant safe sleep conversations. Each strategy responds to a real-life example from health professionals across the country.

David and his motherAs Unplanned Pregnancy Rates Drop, Births Improve
Fewer unplanned pregnancies means more healthy moms and babies. It’s a fact that has ignited efforts to address unplanned pregnancies as a strategy to improve infant mortality rates. Here, find out how to empower women about their sexual and reproductive health and improve birth outcomes.

Mom and babyLaunch an Early Childhood Parent Academy
Interested in developing free, accessible lessons that empower parents around early childhood development? An early childhood parent academy—a structured set of courses covering key topic areas that parents need to know about early childhood developmentdoes just that. Click in for a curriculum and strategies on how to launch one in your state. 

Mom and babyIncrease New Mother Wellness by Engaging Families
Here's a snapshot of the key findings from a new issue brief, co-authored by AMCHP and NICHQ, on how to engage mothers in efforts to improve postpartum visit rates, another critical tactic for improving maternal and infant health. Hint, the article includes 10 key steps for engaging families and patients that apply to all population health improvement initiatives. 

Featured Article:
Keeping Families Together Improves Children's Health Outcomes, from Borders to Communities

In this recent article, NICHQ's Chief Health Officer, Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, shares why unnecessarily separating families can cause irreparable harm. Coté, who's spent over a decade working to improve health in vulnerable communities around the world, speaks from experience. Click in to find out why she believes that supporting families will improve children's outcomes in communities across our nation.

In Case You Missed It

  • New VideoNICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Chief Health Officer, Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, share why they're committed to improving systems that support parents and caregivers as advocates for and protectors of their children’s health.
  • We're hiring: NICHQ is seeking outstanding people who share our passion and work with integrity to help children and families live healthier lives. Check out our postings and help spread the word about these opportunities.

In Case You Missed It

  • Two NICHQ Moms Share Their Stories: Here, Colleen Murphy, MSMOB shares how a shooting at her daughter’s school inspired her to seek improvements that support social-emotional health. Or, hear from Meghan Johnson, MSc, whose tumultuous experience navigating early childhood screenings and supports makes her even more committed to uncomplicating children’s health systems.
  • NICHQ Names New Chief Health Officer: Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA joined NICHQ’s executive team as Chief Health Officer on May 31. Find out more about how her experiences will help advance NICHQ’s mission as a leader in children’s health.