All Care is Brain Care

Health Equity & Follow Through

About this VON QI Collaborative Topic

Neonatal care providers are uniquely positioned to address social determinants of health. The process of “Follow Through” is a comprehensive approach that begins before birth and continues into childhood as health professionals, families, and communities partner to meet the social as well as medical needs of infants and families in an effort to achieve health equity.

In this topic group of the All Care is Brain Care collaborative, teams will learn from expert faculty and each other to explore and implement evidence-based potentially better practices through structured quality improvement processes to:

  • screen for social determinants of health
  • connect families with available resources
  • support staff in overcoming implicit bias
  • prepare families for life beyond the NICU

This is a potential topic area for 2025-2026. Teams enrolling in NICQ for 2025-2026 can register their interest in this topic (contact John Lester for more information). Final topics will be announced and iNICQ enrollment will open in late summer 2024.

Is this topic right for your center?

Use these support materials to decide on your improvement topic and make the case for participating in the collaborative.

All Care is Brain Care for 2025 informational webinars: July 10, 2024 for current teams and July 24, 2024 for new teams (register for this webinar).


All Care is Brain Care QI Collaborative

“Health Equity & Follow Through” is a topic area of focus for teams participating in the 2025 All Care is Brain Care collaborative. Participating teams choose a topic most relevant for their center, and then choose a collaborative program: NICQ or iNICQ.

All teams in either NICQ or iNICQ will benefit from:

  • Webinars led by experts in the topic (5-6 per year)
  • Interactive toolkits of potentially better practices and evidence-based change ideas
  • Recorded webinars and toolkits from other topic areas in All Care is Brain Care
  • Quality Improvement Foundations online course for all staff
  • CME/CNE for all webinars and courses (including all videos from other topic areas in the collaborative)
  • MOC Part 4 credits for physicians (with submission of a poster)

Newborn Improvement Collaborative for Quality

Includes: Small group collaboration and continuous feedback/coaching from colleagues and faculty, dedicated faculty team, additional “homeroom” meetings, in-person meetings (February 2025, Spring 2026, and two days at the Quality Congress in Fall 2026).

To join NICQ or request more information, contact John Lester for more information.

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iNICQ: Internet-Based Newborn Improvement Collaborative for Quality

Includes: Virtual collaboration with topical community throughout the year and a 1-day in-person meeting at the 2026 Quality Congress.

Join as a Quality Circle member and participate in iNICQ, or contact Pam Ford, Program Coordinator, for more information.

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