Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape: Learning from Existing and Emerging Initiatives
In response to increased public and private sector funder interest, this project seeks to assess, summarize, and catalogue multisector initiatives that support more effective and equitable early childhood systems. The project will systematically gather, synthesize, and publicly share insights and learnings, promising practices and progress, and challenges and opportunities to enhance state and local early childhood efforts.
November 2018 to April 2021
- Who: NICHQ will work in partnership with Child Trends to lead the Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape.
- Funder: The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Our Role: In partnership with Child Trends, NICHQ will review the early childhood landscape and synthesize key trends in system-building initiatives that promote health equity. This synthesis will be used to inform future public policy, programming, and funding decisions.
Call for Initiatives
Do you work on an initiative seeking to improve health and well-being for children from birth to age 8?
We are interested in learning more from early childhood initiatives that address health equity and involve collaboration across multiple sectors (e.g., early care and education, home visiting). If this sounds like you, please tell us about your initiative in this survey. We will review all submissions and select initiatives to feature on an interactive map analyzing the early childhood landscape. Select initiatives may also be invited to participate in an in-depth interview about topics related to early childhood health equity.
Please fill out this survey by November 22, 2019.
4 Strategies for Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care for People Living with Sickle Cell Disease
Whether transitioning to college or a full-time job, it's a time when young adults are going to be establishing their independence from their nuclear family and taking responsibility for their own needs. For a young person with special healthcare needs such as SCD, the responsibilities are compounded by the additional need to begin transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Read more for four helpful strategies for transitioning from pediatric to adult care for people living with sickle cell disease and other special health conditions.
TRANSCRIPT | Sickle Cell Awareness Month: Transitioning to College, Equity Considerations, and Resource Sharing
Our main story this episode highlights the need for resources for people living with sickle cell disease and strategies for transitioning from pediatric to adult care. We also reflect on National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and hear from NICHQ team member about connecting their personal and professional passion for equity. Thanks for joining us!
For our main story in this episode we are joined by Summer 2023 NICHQ Communications & Digital Strategy interns Amalia Hirschhorn-Martinez and Katie McCormick. They speak with members of the NICHQ team about our upcoming webinar focused on infant safe sleep and breastfeeding messaging and NICHQ’s continued work to ensure health professionals and the communities they serve are supported with the necessary tools and resources to create safe sleeping environments and improve breastfeeding and chestfeeding rates.
Continuing Conversations Around Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep Promotion
Join NICHQ for an upcoming webinar “Their stories are so powerful”: Community-based approaches to infant safe sleep and breastfeeding promotion, on Aug. 23. from 2-3:30 PM EST. The webinar will highlight findings from a recent NICHQ-led study titled “Community-Based Approaches to Infant Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Promotion, a Qualitative Study,” published in BMC Public Health in March.
4 Tips for Including and Engaging Family Partners in Your Work
Patient and family partnerships are an essential element of health equity. By supporting patient and family voices and encouraging space for collaboration, public health professionals can help ensure shared vision and values are at the forefront of determining solutions to improve a community’s health outcomes.
NICHQ Employee Spotlight: Rinka Murakami, Analyst
NICHQ Analyst Rinka Murakami is committed to addressing disparities in maternal and child health, particularly racial disparities. As an Analyst in NICHQ's Department of Applied Research and Evaluation, Rinka is particularly passionate about working on various health initiatives focused on improving birth equity and respectful care.