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ImproveCareNow Community Conferences happen twice a year. While our community works together across the miles throughout the year, these in-person conferences provide an opportunity to work on developing and spreading quality improvement (QI) and research skills and approaches; fueling our Network's use of data to drive and evaluate QI efforts; and developing partnerships that will lead to improved care processes and outcomes in pediatric IBD.

September 7-9 we will welcome more than 300 patients, parents, clinicians, researchers, improvers, collaborators, and friends to the Fall 2017 Community Conference in Chicago, Illinois and we hope you’ll join us too.

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Take a look at our conference agenda! In ImproveCareNow we have a motto: all teach, all learn, which we really take to heart. As you review our agenda, notice those sessions that have been developed by members of our community, including patients and parents (hint: look for the tiny ICN logo). These sessions represent the interests and experiences of diverse community members, and a commitment to sharing seamlessly so others in ImproveCareNow can steal shamelessly and more patients with IBD can benefit.

Patients and parents are not only attendees at our Community Conference, they are presenters, facilitators, co-designers and active participants. Here are some sessions they're directly involved in:

  • Beyond Depression Screening 101: Demonstrating Work Flows in Real IBD Clinics 
  • ICN2 Data: Why it Matters to Parents and Patients
  • Patient Perspectives on IBD & Body Image: Lessons for ImproveCareNow Care Centers
  • Breaking the Stigma: Talking About IBD and Mental Health
  • Even Further Beyond Clinic Walls: More Creative Ways to Support Kids with IBD at School and in the Community
  • PRODUCE & COMBINE Study Meetings

Additionally, all members of the community (including clinicians, coordinators, parents, and patients) will have the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges related to local engagement activities in a panel conversation during Building Local Community: Engagement Successes & Challenges at ImproveCareNow Centers

Part_2_CME_3.pngCommunity Conferences offer clinical care providers the opportunity to receive valuable CME and CNE credits. At this conference, we are excited to begin offering Part 2 Maintenance of Certification credit for pediatric gastroenterologists who participate in planned High Reliability: Pre-Visit Planning, Population Management and Beyond sessions. This opportunity has been made possible through collaboration between the American Board of Pediatrics and ImproveCareNow CME.

We strive offer something for everybody at our Community Conferences! So, as you consider what you're most excited to learn more about, and think about the insights you want to share with our community, we encourage you to connect with us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook & join the Community Conference conversation no matter where you are!

Our Fall 2017 Community Conference hashtag - #ICNCC17F - was created via Symplur and the Healthcare Hashtag Project, which is aimed at connecting the dots in healthcare social media. By including #ICNCC17F in posts and tweets from and about the Community Conference we can document and share learning and ideas, make connections with our colleagues and community, and spread awareness of ImproveCareNow and IBD.

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We are excited to be bringing some Going Far Together sessions & presenters to our October 11th Virtual Community Conference – an open, interactive & free webinar for anyone interested in ImproveCareNow - details & RSVP here.

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