NICHQ Study on Community Promotion of Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Published by BMC Public Health
BOSTON – A new study looking at community-based approaches to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion was published in BMC Public Health on March 7, 2023.
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.
Through analysis of data collected for the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN), a multi-year project running from 2017- 2022, NICHQ researchers identified four themes to inform infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion: education and dissemination, relationship building and social support, working with clients’ personal circumstances and considerations, and tools and systems.
“Our findings highlight the importance of building capacity around promising community-led approaches to promoting breastfeeding and safe sleep," said Meera Menon, PhD, who was the lead author of this publication. “As we continue to support communities impacted by disparate outcomes, findings from this study will help inform our work to address persistent inequities in breastfeeding and safe sleep practices.”
NICHQ authors include:
- Meera Menon, PhD, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation (Lead Author)
- Rebecca Huber, MPP, Senior Analyst
- Dana D. West, PhD, Associate Project Director of Equity
- Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, VP, Health Equity Innovation (Executive Project Director)
- Rebecca B. Russell, MSPH, VP, Applied Research and Evaluation
- Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, President and CEO (Principal Investigator)
Learn more about NICHQ’s project, National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN).
NICHQ thanks and acknowledges participating expert advisors and faculty, including Karla Coleman, MBA, who assisted in data collection. We appreciate our partner organizations and would like to acknowledge all the individuals participating in NAPPSS-IIN as well as the study informants. Thank you to current and former NICHQ staff who contributed to the project and this study, including Isabel Zuckoff, MPH, and Colleen Bernard. We also thank the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau for their vision and commitment to make infant safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number HRSA-17-094, National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Program, $4,998,565. The information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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 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 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.
NICHQ to Continue Serving as Coordinating Center for the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC)
The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) will serve as the coordinating center for the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC), a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a continuation and expansion upon the last five years, NICHQ will support Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) in their efforts to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, improve perinatal health outcomes, and reduce disparities using quality improvement (QI) methods integrated with a health equity approach.
NICHQ Welcomes Three New Board Members
Three experts in health care transformation have been elected to the National Institute for Children’s Healthy Quality (NICHQ) Board of Directors. LaToshia Rouse, CD (DONA) joined the NICHQ board in March 2022, and Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D., and Laurie Doran, MPH, joined in August 2022.