Annual Quality Congress

Neonatal Care Today and Tomorrow

Join us November 5-8, 2020 in Chicago, IL

COVID-19 Update

VON’s Annual Quality Congress, with its unique blend of education from world experts and sharing among teams, has become a vital event for many teams to sustain and accelerate improvement in newborn care. Our meeting is currently scheduled for November 5-8, 2020 in Chicago.

We are also closely watching how the global spread of COVID-19 is affecting our members. We must consider how our meeting plans are affected by travel restrictions, increased demand on the healthcare system, and concerns for individual health and well-being. We are exploring various options, including virtual meeting solutions, to best meet the needs of our members as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. This page will be updated with any new details to help you plan your participation.

Our theme for 2020 is Neonatal Care Today and Tomorrow. Whether we continue to gather in person this fall or in a different innovative format, we look forward to learning and sharing with you to shape the future of neonatal care.

Jeffrey Horbar at podium

Convening a Community Dedicated to Transforming Newborn Care

VON’s Annual Quality Congress convenes more than 1300 healthcare professionals and family partners to examine the biggest questions facing our community of practice and collaborate to accelerate practical improvement in newborn care.

Each year, more than two-thirds of Annual Quality Congress participants share their quality improvement, translational science, and original research during the Improvement Science Expo.

Special events for teams participating in VON collaboratives and learning communities advance peer-to-peer learning, fuel innovation, and inspire action.

The annual Jump Starting Quality workshop guides beginners and more advanced healthcare professionals in QI fundamentals to advance their improvement project.

Our 2020 theme is Neonatal Care Today and Tomorrow. Join us to critically assess neonatal care today and envision how care will evolve in the near and distant future, in the developed world and globally.

poster session

Submit a Poster for the Improvement Science 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.

Register to submit your poster by June 15, 2020 (actual poster submissions will be due at a later date).

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2019 Sessions

All VON members can log in and view 2019 sessions 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

November 5-8, 2020

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September 8-11, 2022

September 7-10, 2023

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