Joann Petrini Named Chief Science Officer
Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH, has joined NICHQ’s executive team as the Chief Science Officer. In this role she provides leadership and guidance on NICHQ's content and evaluation strategy, oversight of all contracts and grant-funded projects, and standardization of research protocols and metrics across NICHQ's programs.
Petrini comes to NICHQ from Western Connecticut Health Network where she has been director of Clinical and Health Outcomes Research in the Department of Research and Innovation for the past seven years. In this role, she has led research including both industry-sponsored clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies at three hospitals in Connecticut. Prior to that, Petrini served in various roles at the March of Dimes Foundation, where she launched and directed the Perinatal Data Center and was a senior advisor to the Office of the President.
Petrini has served as one of 15 members of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. In 2002, Petrini was selected as the recipient of the National Young Professional Achievement Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. She is published widely in the fields of perinatal epidemiology and public health.
“Joann brings a distinguished career in maternal and child health and epidemiology and a passion for children’s health that is an excellent fit for NICHQ,” says NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “We are thrilled to have someone of Joann’s caliber joining our leadership team to help guide NICHQ into the future.”
Petrini currently has academic appointments as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University and has a second master’s degree in Public Administration and a doctoral degree in Health Policy, Finance and Research from New York University.
NICHQ Announces Staffing Changes in Development, Finance, and Programs
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is pleased to announce the recent promotions of several dedicated members of our Development, Finance, and Programs teams. Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
NICHQ Joins Coalition of Leading Experts to Address Perinatal Mental Health Crisis
In response to the national maternal perinatal mental health crisis, The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) has joined the Mind the Gap Initiative, a coalition of women, families, and leading organizations, led by Postpartum Support International (PSI), who have set forth a national strategic action plan to turn the tide on the crisis.
Abt, NICHQ Partner With HRSA to Ensure Equitable Improvements to Sickle Cell Care Under $9.6M Contract
In support of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Abt Associates has partnered with the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) to strengthen the SCD system of care by helping train community health workers, fostering partnerships between clinicians, community-based organizations and other stakeholders throughout the U.S. Under a 5-year $9.6 million contract, Abt will serve as MCHB’s Hemoglobinopathies National Coordinating Center (HNCC) to help SCD Treatment Demonstration Program grantees, SCD Newborn Screening Follow-up Program grantees, and federally qualified community health centers address structural and systemic barriers in their regions, implement evidence-based SCD care, and collaborate with newborn screening programs so that every infant identified with SCD gets early and prompt care.
NICHQ Manuscript on Social-Emotional Screening Published by BMJ Open Quality
BOSTON – A NICHQ-authored manuscript about integrating social-emotional screening at well-child visits was published online on June 11, 2021 by BMJ Open Quality. "Promoting social-emotional development during the pediatric well-child visit: a demonstration project" details how a quality improvement approach increased the number of children from birth to age 3 years who received age-appropriate social-emotional developmental screens or assessments at well-child visits.
Four National Maternal and Child Health Organizations Announce Joint Action Plan for Anti-Racism and Racial Equity
BOSTON – The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is uniting with three other national maternal and child health organizations in a bold, public commitment to undoing racism as a key driver to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, highlighting irrefutable disparities in morbidity and mortality rates across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
NICHQ’s Heidi Brooks honored as one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women
BOSTON – Heidi Brooks, COO of the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), is being honored as one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women in 2021. Hosted by Get Konnected!, the virtual event ceremony on March 23 features special guest Mayor of Boston Kim Janey and is moderated by LaToyia Edwards from NBC10 Boston.