New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals (BQIH) Collaborative

Status: Active

WHAT: A quality improvement initiative to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates and the duration of any breastfeeding among new mothers, especially low-income women participating in WIC and Medicaid, by improving hospital and worksite policies, practices, systems, and environmental supports for breastfeeding to be consistent with New York State laws, regulations and other policies.

WHO: Participants include 12 teams in Phase 1 and 78 teams in Phase 2.

WHEN: June 2010 to March 2012 (Phase 1); April 2013 to March 2018 (Phase 2)

FUNDER: This project is in partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention. It is funded by the NYSDOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OUR ROLE: Facilitate a modified Breakthrough Series Collaborative with NYSDOH in order to apply quality improvement methodology to increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates within a selected group of New York State hospitals. We also assist in building NYSDOH’s internal quality improvement capacity by providing expertise and coaching to the NYSDOH staff supporting the project.

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Improving Support for Breastfeeding

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