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Powerful Partnerships: A Handbook for Families and Providers Working Together to Improve Care

This guide is intended to help both family members and healthcare professionals who are working together to improve care for children with special healthcare needs. Joining together in multi-disciplinary teams, family members and providers are increasingly working as equal partners to improve care. Collaborating as equals may be new for family members and providers. This guide includes information and guidance on how to get the most out of this potentially powerful partnership.

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Using Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Efforts to Advance State Health Agency Accreditation

This issue brief details the intersections between health departments' efforts to earn public health accreditation with their work in collaborative improvement & innovation networks (CoIIN). Using the CoIIN to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) as an example and showing the Oklahoma State Department of Health used its participation to inform its accreditation procedures, this brief presents solutions for creating efficient practices to achieve both aims. 

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Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Obesity Toolkit

The resources in this toolkit are designed to help primary care practice teams provide coordinated, integrated and multidisciplinary services to both prevent obesity and improve care for children who are already overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. Includes tools for prevention, assessment and diagnosis, management and treatment and community resources.

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Improving Follow-Up After Newborn Hearing Screening

This action kit is designed to reduce loss to follow-up for newborns after their initial hearing screening. The kit offers solutions for engaging families and enrolling newborns in early intervention services. The ideas can help audiologists and EHDI offices improve outcomes for infants with hearing loss.

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A Better Return on Investment

In 2009, NICHQ was commissioned by First Focus to author a policy brief on how healthcare reform could better address children’s health. The report outlines NICHQ’s policy recommendations for keeping pediatric health at the forefront of the reform agenda.

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