NICHQ Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members
Two new members have been elected to NICHQ’s board of directors. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, and Gregory Serrao both bring unique skills and experiences in improving healthcare services and social determinants of health and health equity for children and underserved populations.
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, is a professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the social determinants (e.g. residential segregation, immigrant adaptation) of racial/ethnic inequities in health, the role of social policies (e.g. housing policies, immigrant policies) in reducing those inequities, and the health and well-being of children with special needs. Acevedo-Garcia is the project director for diversitydatakids.org, a comprehensive research program and indicator database on child well-being and opportunity by race/ethnicity across multiple sectors and geographies. She is also an investigator and member of the Steering Committee on the Housing and Children’s Healthy Development Study.
Gregory Serrao is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care (Thrive), a provider of pediatric home care services to children with special healthcare needs. Prior to Thrive, Serrao founded American Dental Partners, Inc. (ADPI), and served as the company's CEO, president and a director for 20 years. In July, 2015, Serrao transitioned from CEO and president to the executive chairman of ADPI, and is currently the chairman of ADPI. Previously, he served as the president of National Specialty Services Inc. and vice president of corporate development at Cardinal Health.
“With their impressive and diverse skills in improving healthcare and reaching underserved populations, Dolores and Gregory bring critical expertise for NICHQ to continue improving children’s health,” says NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “We’re delighted to welcome such innovative health leaders to our board.”
Read more about Acevedo-Garcia, Serrao and all of the members of NICHQ’s board of directors.
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.