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 Study on Promoting Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic was Published by Nursing for Women’s Health
BOSTON – Maternity Care Clinicians’ Experiences Promoting Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic details findings from a study led by NICHQ researchers of maternity care services of 10 U.S. hospitals from April through September 2020. Participants were asked about challenges and opportunities promoting infant safe sleep and breastfeeding during the pandemic. Published: March 10, 2023 | Nursing for Women's Health
NICHQ Announces Staffing Changes in Communications, Development
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is pleased to announce the recent promotions of two dedicated members of our Communications and Development teams. Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
NICHQ Study on Community Promotion of Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Published by BMC Public Health
BOSTON – Community-based approaches to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion: a qualitative study, led by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), details opportunities and challenges to improve community-level promotion of infant safe sleep (ISS) and breastfeeding in communities vulnerable to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding disparities. Published: March 7, 2023 | BMC Public Health
NICHQ Names Dr. Zsakeba Henderson Senior Health Advisor
Dr. Zsakeba Henderson will join the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality as a Senior Medical Advisor, where she will advise NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, to help advance the work of the organization to ensure every child achieves their optimal health.
NICHQ Receives $4M Unrestricted Donation From Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
BOSTON – The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) was awarded a generous $4M donation in unrestricted funds from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to advance its vision of every child achieving their optimal health. “To give an unrestricted gift is to put an immense amount of trust and responsibility in a nonprofit,” said NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH in the Boston Globe. “I promise we are a worthy cause.”
NICHQ Creates Department of Health Equity Innovation to Address Systemic Health Inequities
BOSTON – The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) recently launched a new Health Equity Innovation Department, led by VP of Equity Innovation Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, with the goal of accelerating strategies that address systemic health inequities. Some of the ongoing work the Health Equity Innovation Department will support is the Equity Systems Audit Tool, co-created by NICHQ and the Global Infant Safe Sleep (GISS) Center to assess implicit and explicit bias in healthcare systems. The department will also support internal equity engagement and support existing projects to ensure they are effectively incorporating equity. New projects related to health equity will be identified and prioritized within the next few months.