September is also National Sickle Cell Awareness Month! Find out more about NICHQ’s work to improve access to care and resources for children living with sickle cell disease and their families. Find out more.

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National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Improving Birth Outcomes and Celebrating More First Birthdays 

As public health professionals, physicians, and many other types of birthing care providers, together we can reduce infant mortality rates by focusing on social determinants of health, newborn screening and early access to treatment and care for rare diseases, and prevention of preterm and early term births. 

In recognition of NIMAM, we’ve put together a collection of social media posts and graphics that can be used to raise awareness about infant mortality and make sure that families are equipped with the tools to live healthier lives. View our online social media toolkit with ready-to-share graphics and posts to use on your own social channels. Make sure to tag @NICHQ so we can like and share.  

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In partnership with HRSA MCHB, NICHQ and the NHSA provide a comprehensive capacity-building assistance training program for all Healthy Start programs. The training program includes technical assistance on high-priority topics, such as safe sleep, fatherhood, and breastfeeding. 

Celebrating Day 366 with Healthy Start

Throughout the month of September, Healthy Start projects join in bringing awareness to the issue and importance of reducing infant mortality in recognition of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (NIMAM). 

On September 1, 2022, National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) officially declared that September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (NIMAM) 

The NHSA campaign, Celebrate Day 366…Every Baby Deserves a Chance, celebrates babies living beyond the first year of life. 

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Reducing Early and Preterm Births

Through our Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN), NICHQ engaged 51 states and jurisdictions and more than 2,800 federal, state, and local leaders, public and private agencies, professionals, and communities to use quality improvement, innovation, and collaborative learning to address this significant public health issue.  

The Infant Mortality CoIIN initiative, completed in 2017, focused on six strategic areas: SIDS/SUID/Safe Sleep, smoking cessation, preconception/interconception health, social determinants of health, prevention of preterm and early term births, risk-appropriate perinatal care (perinatal regionalization) 

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