Your VON Newsletter

June 2022

Take Action to Follow Through: Three projects addressing health equity

The VON Take Action to Follow Through grant program supports the development of innovative programs that confront health inequities.
The Potentially Better Practices at the core of the grant program are central to the VON Improving Critical Transitions collaboratives – NICQ and iNICQ – focusing on improving processes and practices in the care of all infants and families.
Awarded Take Action to Follow Through programs include:

2022 Annual Quality Congress: Inspiring Change

To inspire change, plenary sessions 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.

Additional sessions will address using VON data for quality improvement and building QI skills for all career levels.

July 1 – Early Registration ends and Scholarship application deadline.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks will be required.

Book your hotel early!

Schedule at a Glance

All Care is Brain Care

VON Collaboratives in 2023

While we continue to improve neonatal survival rates, we cannot do so at the expense of — or without a clear focus on — our ability to safeguard the full potential of each infant.

All care we provide must consider an especially vulnerable and important organ: the developing brain.

By exploring evidence and implementing better practices, we can ensure that all care we provide benefits the brain.

Check out our assessment and reporting tools to determine how this collaborative can help your center.

Genomics and Health Equity

VON Grand Rounds, June 29 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

With the advances in genomic sequencing and its impact on the care we provide for our critically ill neonates in our intensive care units, there has been an increasing need for us to become as informed as possible with the lingo and implications.

Please join us to discuss “Genomics and Health Equity” including the role of advocacy and current strategies to address/eliminate disparities.

Late Onset Sepsis and Meningitis Module for NHSN Reporting

NHSN recently released the neonatal late onset sepsis/meningitis (LOS/MEN) module for NHSN reporting. Learn how it can help your center streamline data entry and reporting so you can focus on prevention.

Congratulations, Helina Selam, MPH

University of Maryland MPH graduate and VON Global Health intern, Helina Selam, under the mentorship of Drs. Danielle Ehret and Yolanda Ogbolu, was selected by the University of Maryland’s Delta Omega chapter to represent the university at the 2022 American Public Health Association conference for her work planning, conducting, translating, transcribing and analyzing a program evaluation for the AAU Masters in Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing Program. Her abstract was selected by the APHA as one of 29 posters to be presented at the Delta Omega poster session.

This work, evaluating the first neonatal APN program in Ethiopia, and its contribution to the LMIC neonatal nursing field, was also recognized with the Dr. Renee Royak-Schaler Memorial Health Equity Award.

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