The Top 10 Children's Health Stories of 2020

Dad and Son ReadingIn the final weeks of 2020, we’re looking back at our most popular articles of the year. From supporting children's health during the COVID-19 pandemic to pursuing equitable health systems, here’s a rundown of the top ten NICHQ articles you found most engaging over the past year. 

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8. Building Agency and Self-Efficacy: A Vital Opportunity to Reduce Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Understanding how to support agency can help health care professionals transform their conversations with families and tap new and innovative approaches. Here, Milt Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH, provides six practical opportunities, drawing on more than three decades of experience working in maternal and child health quality improvement. 

6. How to Build Buffers Against ACEs and Their Consequences

5. Using an Equity Lens to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Louisiana

In Louisiana, Black women are dying from pregnancy-related deaths at over four times the rate of white women. More than half of these deaths could have been prevented by making a system change, either at the patient, community, or hospital level. These findings illustrate the enormous potential that quality improvement initiatives have for reducing maternal mortality in Louisiana and eliminating the Black-white disparity in maternal deaths. That's why we're sharing seven opportunities for improvement from the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

4. Making Fathers Visible in Maternal and Child Health

From cognitive and social emotional development to education and accomplishments, children with involved fathers achieve better health outcomes. Yet despite fathers’ positive impact on maternal and child health, many of the systems intended to serve women and children were not designed with fathers in mind. In this article, we’re sharing strategies to increasing father involvement in early childhood programs.

3. Seven Strategies for Conducting Services Virtually

Across the country, health and social service providers have had to find new ways to support children and families in the face of COVID-19. Home visiting services, pediatric well-child visits, prenatal care and mental health appointments have largely had to transition from in-person appointments to visits virtually—either via phone or video. By learning how to conduct a successful virtual visit, health and social service providers can help ensure children and families receive the support they need during and after this pandemic.