Annual Quality Congress

2021 Schedule of Virtual Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Quality Congress will not be held in-person in 2021. Additional agenda details and registration will be forthcoming on this page.

All listed sessions are in Eastern Time.

Wednesday and Thursday, September 29-30
NICQ workshops (login for more)

Friday, October 1
iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions (login for more)

Tuesday, October 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Audits for Quality Improvement

Wednesday, October 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
NAPP Case of the Year

Thursday, October 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
AAP/VON Scholars Presentations

Tuesday, October 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Jump Starting Quality – Foundations Workshop (limited enrollment)

Wednesday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Annual Quality Congress Plenary Event focused on clinical topics related to Improving Critical Transitions

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Jump Starting Quality – Advanced Workshop (limited enrollment)

Thursday, October 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
March of Dimes and VON – Improving Life Beyond the NICU


All events are included with registration. Please note limited space for Jump Starting Quality workshops. To attend NICQ and iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions events, the center must be enrolled in the relevant collaborative.

  • Quality Circle Members (including centers enrolled in NICQ/iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions): No fee
  • Groups enrolled in VON Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome programs: No fee
  • Core Members: $100
  • Non-Members of VON: $200

Registration will open in July.

poster session

Improvement Science Virtual Expo

Join us to share your improvement with colleagues around the world and learn how leading VON centers are transforming newborn care for tomorrow by turning their data into action today.

In the ePoster Gallery, the online audience can view all posters and search by customized fields like category/author/center name, take notes, rate posters, select favorites, and share with colleagues.

See poster submission information (2020).

Visit the Improvement Science Virtual Expo

AAP/VON Scholar Awards

This award recognizes future leaders in quality improvement in partnership with the AAP Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine.


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2019 Sessions

All VON members can log in and view 2019 sessions (and previous years) in the VON Improvement Library.

Download PDF of the 2019 meeting handout (agendas and maps)

Community-Centered and Free of Commercial Bias

All VON community members have something to learn and experiences to share. An environment free of commercial bias and product endorsements will better advance knowledge and lead to deeper relationships among community members who are dedicated to improving care for the infants and families we are privileged to serve. The Annual Quality Congress is free of commercial support and VON does not accept industry sponsorship, displays, or product advertising.

We encourage you to listen and learn from each other, share your ideas, and bring new knowledge back to your local teams and communities

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

Future Meeting Dates

October 2021 (Virtual Event)

September 8-11, 2022

September 7-10, 2023

September 5-8, 2024