Family Engagement

  • Family Engagement: Identifying the Right Parent Partners for Improvement Work

    Posted May 11, 2017 by Josh Grant

    Effective family engagement begins with finding parents who are engaged in improving health outcomes for everyone.

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  • Mother Partners: Promoting Patient-Centered Policies to Support Breastfeeding

    Posted March 28, 2017 by Sarah Cohen

    Mothers aren't just benefiting from improved practices and policies, they're helping hospitals identify strategies to better serve their patients.

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  • Bridging Hospital and Community for Improved Breastfeeding Rates

    Posted November 30, 2016 by Wendy Loveland

    To improve breastfeeding support and education, an El Paso hospital and a local WIC clinic began working together, and found that a continuous approach helps engage families.

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  • Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children's Health: October 2016

    Posted October 27, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Across the United States, organizations and government agencies are creating new approaches to improve children’s health. Because we support innovation for helping children lead healthier lives, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting initiatives we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Read on to learn how some groups are addressing critical health needs.

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  • 3 Resources for Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Posted October 25, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the fourth leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During SIDS Awareness Month in October, healthcare systems, government agencies and public health organizations are reaching out to providers and parents to educate them on what they can do to better protect infants.

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  • The Gamification of Exercise for Children

    Posted October 20, 2016 by Josh Grant

    In 2014, the obesity rate for children and teenagers between ages 2 and 19 in the United States increased to 17.2 percent, up from 13.9 percent in 1999. While various organizations and agencies are working to help children lead healthy lifestyles, there has been another trend in recent years that has come into play: gamification.

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  • PATCH-ing up Communication Between Providers and Teenagers

    Posted September 27, 2016 by Josh Grant

    The Wisconsin Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) program is helping to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Wisconsin by enhancing communication between teenagers and their healthcare providers. The PATCH program trains and employs Teen Educators who then educate medical professionals on how to communicate with younger patients, with a particular focus on sensitive subjects, including sexual and reproductive health.

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  • How Can Men Be Engaged in Maternal and Child Health?

    Posted June 30, 2016 by Josh Grant

    The National Healthy Start Association's (NHSA) Where Dads Matter initiative helps engage men and dads in maternal and child health to help support health outcomes. NHSA President Kenn Harris recently spoke with us about Where Dads Matter, its impact and the role male caregivers play in MCH programs.

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  • Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children’s Health: June 2016

    Posted June 21, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Programs from healthcare providers, government agencies and other organizations help improve children's health by addressing new needs and closing gaps in care. This month, we've found innovative and inspirational examples touch on subjects like children's sleep during hospital stays and efforts to improve in-school care.

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  • Clinicians and Patients Work Together to Improve Preconception Health in the U.S.

    Posted June 14, 2016 by Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH

    Fostering the creation of healthy families by choice, not chance, is not a new idea. Organizations and agencies are working to improve pregnancy planning, spacing and preventing unintended pregnancies. Given the high rates of unintended pregnancy in the U.S., action is needed from all stakeholders–consumers, health providers, policy makers–in proactively supporting this critical conversation.

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  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Videos Showcase Strategies for Successful Implementation

    Posted June 07, 2016 by Cindy Hutter

    A new video series is showcasing how healthcare providers in Texas are successfully implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices hospitals can follow to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration by new moms. Created by the Texas Department of State Health Services, this 10-video series features healthcare providers sharing their strategies for success on the pathway to improvement.

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  • Innovations and Inspirations for Improving Children’s Health: May 2016

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Across the United States, organizations and government agencies are creating new approaches to improve children’s health. Because we support innovation for helping children lead healthier lives, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting initiatives we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Read on to learn how some groups are addressing critical health needs.

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  • Boxing Out Unsafe Sleep Practices for Babies

    Posted May 10, 2016 by Josh Grant

    In the 1930s, Finland’s infant mortality rate reached 65 deaths per 1,000 live births, leading to the 1938 introduction of baby boxes—kits that include a mattress, bedding, diapers, a box that serves as a crib and other necessities. By 2015, that rate had dwindled to an estimated 2.52 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2014, there were 3,500 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the United States, 25 percent of which were caused by accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. Learning from Finland’s success, organizations in the U.S. are beginning to offer their own baby boxes to new families.

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  • Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Mercédez Cahue

    Posted March 31, 2016 by Mercédez Cahue

    Mercédez Cahue shares her breastfeeding experience and why she joined the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative as a parent partner.

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  • Best Practices for Inclusion of Men and Dads in Children’s Health

    Posted March 15, 2016 by Josh Grant

    Children greatly benefit from having active paternal figures in their lives. According to the State of the World’s Fathers report, it leads to improved mental health in children, higher immunization rates and support for women who are breastfeeding. The creation and availability of educational resources that encourage male involvement are crucial to achieving that. Knowing this, the California WIC Association (CWA) created "Engaging Men & Dads at WIC: A Toolkit" to help the local WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) organizations better connect with dads.

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  • Why and How to Include the Patient-Family Voice in a Medical Home

    Posted December 23, 2014 by Bonnie Thompson, Mass Family Voices

    As more primary care practices work towards identifying themselves as a medical home, patients and family caregivers can play a vital role in shaping how healthcare is delivered.

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