Annual Quality Congress

Convening our Worldwide Improvement Community

September 8-11, 2022

Chicago, IL

Our theme for 2022 is Inspiring Change. To inspire change, we will address the areas of care in the NICU and beyond that need to change to give all infants and families their best start to life, and we will share ideas for change that can be applied in local care settings.

The VON 2022 Annual Quality Congress celebrates our community’s shared dedication to improving care and outcomes for infants and families around the world.

Established in 1988, VON is celebrating a third of a century of using data to develop and test new practices and achieve better outcomes for infants and families.

Over thirty years, countless VON members have contributed to our shared understanding of newborn care through rigorous data collection, structured collaboration, studious research, and a passion for helping the infants and families we serve.


Mother in Audience

Join us in Chicago September 8-11, 2022 to learn, share, and improve together.

  • Thursday, September 8
    • NICQ Homeroom meetings
  • Friday, September 9
    • Data Contacts session
    • The Quality Start half-day QI training
    • iNICQ meeting
    • NICQ Homeroom meetings
  • Saturday, September 10
    • Annual Quality Congress Plenary Sessions
    • Improvement Poster Expo
    • Neonatal Advanced Practice Providers “Case of the Year”
    • Nightingale Power Users Session
  • Sunday, September 11
    • Half-day Quality Improvement Concurrent Sessions

More details, including event registration and poster submission, available here.

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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.

AAP/VON Scholars

AAP/VON Scholar Awards

AAP/VON Scholar Awards are awarded to five fellows and early career neonatologists in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM). The award recognizes future leaders in newborn care who exemplify dedication to data-driven quality improvement in the care of infants and families.

See the 2022 Scholars

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

Future Meeting Dates

November 2-5, 2023

September 5-8, 2024