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 New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NICHQ'S 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. NICHQ also assisted in building NYSDOH’s internal quality improvement capacity by providing expertise and coaching to the NYSDOH staff supporting the project.

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Recruitment Is Open!

Recruitment is open to join the NYS BQIH collaborative. This is a unique opportunity to join other New York facilities that are working to improve maternity care practices to better support breastfeeding mothers and babies. Want to learn more? Read the recruitment packet and then sign up on the registration websiteExternal Link


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