Annual Quality Congress

Dr. Horbar at podium

Next Annual Quality Congress October 3-7, 2019

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.

Faculty includes leaders in neonatology, improvement science, and parents, and the collaboration between colleagues and institutions is vital to accelerating improvement in newborn care.

Benefits of this education and collaboration extend beyond the conference dates as sessions are cataloged online and are accessible with the Virtual Quality Congress Pass.

Access the Virtual Quality Congress

State of Our Network 2018

VON chief executive and scientific officer Jeffrey Horbar, MD celebrated the strength of the network based on the many contributions and achievements of VON members.

He also encouraged meeting participants to extend their influence beyond the NICU walls as we recognize the current state of the nation and that social determinants of health are as important as medical interventions for the health and well-being of the infants and families we are privileged to serve.

Sessions from the 2018 Congress

Critical Transitions: Improving the Ins and Outs of Newborn Care
DeWayne M. Pursley, MD, MPH

NICU Length of Stay: Too Long or Too Short
John Zupancic, MD, ScD

VON QI Collaborative Improvement Stories

  • Optimizing Delivery Room and Admission Care and Communication for Micropremature Infants
    Sherman Chu, DO and Erin Wright, Family Advisor
  • Reducing Antibiotic Exposure
    Jeffrey Meyers, MD

Each year we host a webinar with live Q&A with select faculty. Please enjoy the recorded webinar here and see more conference content with a Virtual Quality Congress Pass.

Quality Improvement Symposium

A special preconference event gathered teams participating in VON quality improvement collaboratives to learn from each other in person and share improvement in antibiotic stewardship, care of micro-premature infants, and other clinically focused topics.

Join The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care: Improving Critical Transitions for Every Newborn for the opportunity to participate in the symposium in 2019.

Partnerships Announced

Vermont Oxford Rady Children’s Genomic Network: A learning network for multidisciplinary neonatal care teams.

Cochrane at VON: Vermont Oxford Network is now the host organization for Cochrane Neonatal, which means full access to reviews is available on the VON website:

CDC’s AMR Challenge: VON teams will continue the commitment to reduce antibiotic use by 45%.

QI Science Poster Session

The Poster Session reflects the collective work of our community of practice and is one of the most popular events during the Annual Quality Congress. Posters and abstracts are archived in VON’s Learning Management System and are available with a Virtual Quality Congress Pass.

Support for QI in Ethiopia

VON’s Global Neonatal Database and Tikur Anbessa volunteer program have led to improved practices and lives saved. Meeting participants contributed to support these programs with a goal of raising $15,000 which will be matched by VON.

Learn More and Contribute Here

Scholarships and Awards

VON’s Kathy Leahy Scholarship for Nurses, the Helping Babies Survive Scholarship, and the  AAP/VON Scholar Awards allow leaders in quality improvement for neonatal care to attend the congress.

2018 also was the inaugural year for TECaN/VON Helping Babies Breathe Co-facilitator Scholarships.

Please check back soon for information on scholarships and AAP/VON Scholar Awards for 2019.