NICHQ CEO Receives White House Fellows IMPACT Award
NICHQ President and CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the recipient of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association 2015 IMPACT Award. The annual award is given to a former White House Fellow who becomes an agent of change in his industry, demonstrates a commitment to public service and works to strengthen the fellows program.
“Scott has a record of strong leadership, courage and transformational impact on society. Scott continues to embody (the) ideals of a lifetime of service, leadership and positive impact on our communities and our nation. He is a citizen leader in every sense of the word,” reads the award announcement.
The White House Fellows program is designed to give promising American leaders firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal Government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs. During the yearlong program, fellows broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation and current affairs, as well as participate in community service projects. Berns served as a White House Fellow from 2000-2001. During that time, he worked at the Department of Transportation in the Office of the Secretary, which included advising on child passenger safety issues.
“I’m humbled to be chosen for this honor,” says Berns. “The knowledge, experience and relationships I developed in the program and continue to develop through the foundation have contributed greatly to my ability to have an influential impact on children’s health—which I look forward to expanding as I start my new role as CEO of NICHQ.”
Berns will receive the award October 22 during the White House Fellow’s Foundation and Association’s Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
NICHQ Announces Staffing Changes in Executive Leadership, 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, Programs, and Executive Leadership teams. Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
New NICHQ Initiative Targets Pediatric Settings to Improve Early Childhood Development
Research shows that healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to support socioemotional development in early years. NICHQ’s newest initiative plans to make the most of those findings through a 30-month project that will improve early childhood socioemotional development by using pediatric settings as a primary point of intervention.
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.