All Care is Brain Care

Parental Wellbeing & Mental Health

About this VON QI Collaborative Topic

Parents of infants receiving intensive care undergo immense stress. To continue caring for their infant past the time in the NICU, parents must also take care of themselves.

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 mental health
  • help families access mental health support
  • promote parental wellbeing during antenatal visits and the NICU stay

This is a potential topic area for 2025-2026. Teams enrolling in NICQ for 2025-2026 can register their interest in this topic. Interested teams not participating in the current NICQ program should contact Sonia Darrow to enroll for 2025-2026.

Final topics for NICQ and iNICQ will be announced July 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

“Parental Wellbeing & Mental Health” 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 Sonia Darrow, VON QI & Education Program Assistant, at

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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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