2019 Annual Quality Congress

Schedule of Events

Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer Course

Wednesday, October 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Co-sponsored with the American Academy of Pediatrics. HBB has been introduced in over 80 countries worldwide, and the resuscitation techniques taught within The Golden Minute have been associated with a reduction in neonatal mortality and fresh stillbirths.

Hosted at the AAP facility in Itasca, IL. See the agenda.

Jump Starting Quality: Strategies to Launch a Successful QI Project

Thursday, October 3 from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Come to this hands-on workshop prepared to do real work on a newly planned or ongoing QI project. Pre-work is required. Foundational and Advanced tracks are available. See the agenda.

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.

Login to your online homeroom to view the detailed agendas.

Genomic Medicine: 21st Century Care for Acutely Ill Infants

Friday, October 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Participants in this session will explore how genomic medicine can be applied in the NICU and PICU. Teams will learn from real-world examples and collaborate together to advance knowledge and understanding of how genomic medicine can improve the care of critically-ill infants. See the agenda.

Plenary Sessions

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6

State of the Network

Saturday, 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
Jeffrey Horbar, MD, chief executive and scientific officer of VON will kick-off the plenary sessions.

The Color of Health

Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
We will explore how social inequalities affect the health and well-being of the infants and families we serve and identify practical steps health professionals can take to address these inequalities.

Faculty: Richard Rothstein, Elizabeth Howell, Yolanda Ogbolu, Jeffrey Horbar. See full agenda here.

Family Partners’ Exhibit

Saturday, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Using the NICU Wisely

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Which infants are being admitted to your NICU, how long are they staying, why are they there – and what can you do about it? Learn from colleagues and families on how to address these questions in your local context.

Faculty: Mark Hudak, Elliott Main, Erika Edwards. See full agenda here.

Critical Transitions: A New Lens

Sunday, 8:00 – 9:35 a.m.
Explore a new framework for transitions that has the potential to improve the experience for every infant and family in your care, and learn from parent partners about real-world opportunities to improve care by improving critical transitions.

Faculty: Jeffrey Meyers, Eric Eichenwald, Christopher Landrigan. See full agenda here.

State Quality Collaborative and Health System Posters

Sunday, 9:35 – 10:05 a.m.

Uncertainty in the NICU

Sunday, 10:05 – 11:40 a.m.
So much of what constitutes “effective care” remains uncertain. Using Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) as an example, we will examine: what is BPD? How do we treat it? What are the consequences? Can quality improvement initiatives impact the incidence in our units? How do we move forward in the face of uncertainty?

Faculty: Roger Soll, Erik Jensen, John Zupancic. See full agenda here.

Neonatal Care around the World

Sunday, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
With a keynote from Dr. Binagwaho from the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, make virtual visits to newborn units in Zimbabwe, Puerto Rico, and Denmark to learn how NICUs around the world provide care to high risk infants and their families.

Faculty: Agnes Binagwaho, Marcia Mangiza, Lourdes Garcia, Lise Aunsholt, Danielle Ehret. See full agenda here.

Breakout Sessions

Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Improvement Science Expo

Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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.

Rock 'n Roll is Here to Stay - Social Event

Saturday, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Dinner and dancing will kick off with a performance from Musicality.

Musicality is a vocal ensemble based in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, High School music teacher Michael Gibson saw so much musical potential and passion in his students that he decided to start an after-school group dedicated to singing. That group became Musicality, a safe haven where students could express themselves through music. During the past eleven years, the group has continued to spread their love of music through live concert performances, music videos and studio recordings. They were previously semifinalists on NBC’S hit series “America’s Got Talent” where they performed at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. They are also a recent recipient of a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are winners of the 2017 Young Entertainers Awards Scholarship. The group is now a city-wide ensemble and is open to young Chicago area singers.