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Baby sleepingHow Can Hospitals Reduce
Sleep-Related Infant Deaths?

Right now, hospitals across the country are developing a set of evidence-based best practices to help health professionals engage families in effective and relevant conversations about safe sleep. This article provides four key ideas for giving families the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy to practice safe sleep at every sleep

quoteA Grandfather's Passion to Transform Early Childhood Systems
David Armstrong's grandson was born into a neighborhood where drug use was common, and poverty and gang violence were pervasive. He was born into a home where his parents struggled with substance abuse and where their fighting sometimes ended in domestic violence. He is one of too many children born into circumstances that illustrate why families need better supports and better systems. Here, Armstrong shares their story. 

collection of handsRecognizing Implicit Bias Can Reduce Inequities in Children's Health
We can't avoid our own implicit bias, but we can change how we react to it. Here, Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH—an internationally recognized expert in healthcare disparities—shares recommendations to help health professionals and improvement teams better identify bias and prevent it from affecting their behaviors and decisions.

piggy bankLead Poisoning Continues to
Put Too Many Children at Risk

A child with lead poisoning in Alabama missed out on diagnosis and treatment for six months, despite having multiple risk factors. She is one of millions of children across America living and playing while being exposed to the damaging effects of lead. Her family's story 
illustrates why improving provider education can lead to earlier testing, interventions and the coordinated care families need.

Last Call to Register for Tomorrow's Webinar
Early Childhood and Medicaid 101: The Tip of the Iceberg
Innovative payment mechanisms in Medicaid can help more children get the care they need. Register now for a webinar that will help parents, advocates, organizers and care professionals learn how to turn Medicaid opportunities into action while hearing from some of the top policy experts in the field. 
When: Nov. 28, 2018, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Register now 

Featured Resource:
Early Childhood Data in Action
This collection of case studies, developed in partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, highlight how communities are successfully leveraging data to improve early childhood outcomes. Each case study shares lessons learned on using data to identify and target needs, track improvements, and spread and scale successes. Readers will discover how to develop a culture of data collection, build local capacity, and use data to inform critical public policy and resource allocation decisions. View the case studies here

In Case You Missed It

  • Safe Sleep Social Media Graphics: These downloadable graphics can help you spread awareness about the importance of safe sleep on Facebook and Twitter.  
  • NICHQ Press: In a recent interview with K-12 Daily, NICHQ Chief Health Officer, Elizabeth Coté, MD, MPA, shared an analysis of the SUPPORT Patients and Communities Act. 
  • We're hiring: Join a team of innovative thinkers and doers seeking to drive change in the complex challenges facing children's health.