Annual Quality Congress

Jeffrey Horbar at podium

Convening a Community Dedicated to Transforming Newborn Care

October 2-6, 2019 in Chicago, IL

VON’s Annual Quality Congress convenes more than 1300 healthcare professionals to learn about and discuss new data, new science, and new approaches in the care of infants and families worldwide.

We gather to examine the biggest questions facing our community of practice. We collaborate to accelerate practical improvement in newborn care.

Join us to transform newborn care across the world.

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Registration Fees

Summary Schedule of Events

In an effort to be environmentally conscious and provide the best experience for participants, we are not printing brochures for the 2019 Annual Quality Congress. Please visit us here for all agendas, faculty lists, and conference details and contact us if your questions are not answered on this website.

Plenary Sessions: Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6, 2019

hall of states posters

Improvement Science Expo

Call for Posters

Each year, more than two-thirds of Annual Quality Congress participants actively share their quality improvement science, translational science, and original research. The Improvement Science Expo provides a venue for peer-to-peer learning to fuel innovation and inspire action.

Improvement posters from parents will be displayed in the main hall during Saturday morning. State quality collaboratives will display improvement posters in the main hall on Sunday morning.

Poster Submission Guidelines and Portal

Pre-Conference Sessions: Wednesday, October 2 - Friday, October 4, 2019

For VON Collaborative Teams

NICQ 2018-19 Homerooms

Thursday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, October 4 from 10:20 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Teams enrolled in the NICQ 2018-19 collaborative will convene in homerooms. Detailed agendas will be distributed separately.

QI Collaborative Symposium

Friday, October 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Teams enrolled in current VON quality improvement collaboratives (NICQ and iNICQ) will explore a new and innovative QI methodology, experience-based co-design, which incorporates families in all areas of the improvement process. After the morning session, teams will convene in their respective NICQ 2018-19 Homerooms or “The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care” forum for iNICQ teams.

NICQ 2018-19 Homerooms: 10:20 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Teams enrolled in the NICQ 2018-19 collaborative will convene in homerooms. Detailed agendas will be distributed separately.

The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care (iNICQ) Forum: 10:20 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Teams enrolled in The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care (iNICQ) collaborative will meet in-person to advance their work on critical transitions of care. 

NICQ 2018-19 and iNICQ Intensive teams have pre-paid for 4 clinicians, 2 parents, and 2 senior leaders to attend the Annual Quality Congress and QI Collaborative Symposium. Additional participants are welcome to attend the Annual Quality Congress and QI Collaborative Symposium at the rates listed above. Members participating in iNICQ Core can attend the symposium for $200.

Login to your online collaborative homeroom to view detailed agendas.

Faculty and Participants

faculty panel


VON’s Annual Quality Congress faculty includes world leaders in neonatology, improvement science, and parent partners.

Our growing list of faculty for 2019 includes Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP; Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN; Jeffrey Meyers, MD; Eric Eichenwald, MD; Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS; Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP; Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH; Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH;  Jeffrey Horbar, MD; Roger Soll, MD; and more.

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Mother in Audience

Who Attends

VON’s Annual Quality Congress represents the worldwide community of practice dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of care for newborn infants and their families. Attend with your team and be inspired to innovate and accelerate improvement in your unit and beyond.

We encourage discussion and networking to learn about rapidly evolving science, technology, and evidence-based practices. Participants learn from peers and partner with families to transform data into actionable improvement.


Hotel and Travel

Sheraton Chicago

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Located at the heart of downtown Chicago on the Chicago River, the hotel is within walking distance to the Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, the Loop, and many other local Chicago favorites.

Limited special room rates of $245 per night will be available. Book your room now to take advantage of this group rate.

Hotel and Travel Details

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be provided.  Check back soon for updated information.


The VON Annual Quality Congress is free of commercial support. Vermont Oxford Network does not accept industry sponsorship, displays, or product advertising.

Future Meeting Dates

November 5-9, 2020

September 30 – October 4, 2021