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Best of 2023

2023 Year In Review

In the final weeks of 2023, we’re looking back at all we’ve accomplished together. As we look toward 2024, we’re sharing a run-down of our most popular resources that helped guide you throughout the year, including recordings to NICHQ webinars, articles and stories, and podcast episodes with topics on reducing preterm birth, fatherhood involvement, safe infant sleep, and so much more!  

Articles to Support Your Work

INSIGHTGender-Affirming Healthcare Consistently Shown to Reduce Health Disparities for Youth

By supporting gender-affirming care, physicians, public health professionals, and other healthcare providers can help reduce disparities for youth who are at higher risk for negative health outcomes from discrimination, bullying, physical assault, and suicide. Read evidence-based best practices for gender-diverse kids to improve their quality of life, reduce mental health disparities, and through an intersectional lens, help the most historically marginalized kids achieve their optimal health.


Video On Demand

WEBINAR | "Their Stories are so Powerful": Community-Based Approaches to Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Promotion 

This webinar showcased how the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) programmatic and evaluation pursuits shifted to center community voices within participatory quality improvement (QI). Community partners shared their experiences leading and implementing QI activities. Implications for MCH projects and community-based research were discussed.


Listen to Learn

PODCAST | E1. Black Maternal Health Week Roundtable

NICHQ launched Before Birth & Beyond, an equity-focused podcast, in April 2023. We kicked off the season with a roundtable discussion featuring experts in Black maternal health:

• Dr. Zsakeba Henderson, MD, FACOG, NICHQ Senior Health Advisor

• Stacey Penny, MSW, MPH, Executive Project Director of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC)

• Dr. Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, NICHQ VP of Health Equity Innovation


Published Works

PUBLISHED WORK | Community-Based Approaches to Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Promotion: a Qualitative Study 

Community-based approaches to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion: a qualitative study details opportunities and challenges to improve community-level promotion of infant safe sleep and breastfeeding in communities vulnerable to disparities. In the study, published in BMC Public Health on March 7, 2023, NICHQ researchers identified four themes to inform infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion: education and dissemination, relationship building and social support, working with clients’ personal circumstances and considerations, and tools and systems.


Give the Gift of Improvement

In this season of giving, please take a moment to support NICHQ’s work to drive improvement in children’s health. We can make an even bigger impact if we have your support. Your donations help us:

  • Explore and expand on new and innovative combinations of approaches and methods
  • Scale and spread successful existing programs beyond their original scope

Big or small, every donation makes a difference and goes straight to supporting programs that make our mission a reality.