Be a part of the Fall 2024 ImproveCareNow Community Conference!

The ImproveCareNow Community Conference is an opportunity to all teach and all learn.  We are delighted to announce an open call for proposals from members of our community wishing to lead a collaborative session at the Fall 2024 Community Conference taking place on September 25-27, 2024 in Baltimore, MD. 


Submit your proposal and complete disclosures for all presenters by 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2024. More information about the proposals process can be found below and you can preview the questions here

⭐ If you are including a patient or caregiver from your center in your presentation, please consider how your center can help support their conference attendance. If you know of an additional patient or parent/caregiver in need of financial support, a limited number of scholarships will be made available. More information to come! 

Theme: Together We Can: Collaborate, Coproduce, Catalyze

Educational Gap

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects 70,000+ children and adolescents in the US. Healthcare teams providing care to these children and adolescents need access to and training on quality improvement (QI) tools and methods. This enables them to reduce unintended variation in care and improve clinical processes and outcomes. They also need face to face contact with parents and patients to share ideas on how best to create meaningful partnerships. Improved QI, research, and community engagement skills give these interdisciplinary teams the opportunity to standardize care, improve clinical processes and patient outcomes.

Global Learner Objectives

By the end of this conference, you will be able to:

1. Collaboratively apply best practices demonstrated through ImproveCareNow quality improvement, research, clinical practice and community engagement skills.
2. Develop connections and relationships with clinicians, patients, parents, and trusted partners to work together in new ways to benefit the IBD community.
3. Examine how your work contributes to the advancement of the strategic priorities focused on outcomes, health equity, leadership & sustainability, engagement & community building, technology and research & innovation.

Eligibility Criteria

Any member of the ImproveCareNow community who plans to attend the Community Conference and can commit to meeting all deadlines for presentation material submission (see Timeline and Notifications below) is encouraged to submit a proposal.

As we seek presentations for the fall, we continue to strive for diversity in presenters and content when submitting ideas. Please consider reaching out to these committee and workgroup leaders to collaborate, strengthen the perspectives and identify presenters across our credentialed healthcare providers, patients, and parent/caregivers in each proposal.

Disclosures must be completed at the time of proposal submission for all planned presenters. If disclosures are not completed at time of proposal submission, it will be considered ineligible. Patients and parents/caregivers must email Rachel Staley to complete their disclosures.

Proposal Criteria

Criteria represent factors to consider for review and selection of strong conference proposals. They are equally valued, and all should be used as guidance. Proposals can still be selected if they do not meet all criteria.

Content is aligned with...

  • Learner objectives (⭐NEW!)
  • ICN Strategic Goals: Outcomes, Health Equity, Leadership & Sustainability, Engagement & Community Building, Technology, Research & Innovation
  • Content track: Clinical, Data, Quality Improvement & Technology, Health Equity, Engagement & Community Building, Nutrition, Psychosocial, Research (⭐NEW!)


  • Has clear description and outlined objectives
  • Demonstrates use of QI methodology and learnings from improvement
  • Demonstrates use of qualitative or quantitative data
  • Highlights an innovative approach or new idea
  • Highlights whole person care and patient/parent/caregiver experiences. (⭐NEW!)
  • Includes time for attendees to reflect on how content/best practices could close gaps identified and create a QI focused plan to apply at their center (PDSA, Process Map, s-FMEA, etc.) (⭐NEW!)
  • Includes clear call to action to help centers scale and spread/test by Tuesday
  • Leverages resources that will be available to the community- toolkits, tip sheets, templates, etc. 

Speaker Diversity

  • Includes perspectives from NAMED Clinicians/Credentialed Healthcare Providers: Physicians, Adv. Practice Providers, Nurses, Dietitians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Parents, Patients, others
  • Have the individuals identified presented at a conference in the last three years (2022, 2023 or 2024)?
  • If clinician, size of IBD population- sharing from different size/types of centers.
  • All presenters have disclosures on file

Timeline and Notifications

Back for the Fall 2024 conference is the Community Conference Content Committee (4C), formed from stakeholders across the community (including clinicians, patients, and parent partners). 4C will review each proposal and recommend content to be a part of our agenda.

Presenters will be paired with an ImproveCareNow support team to aid in the development of the session and answer any questions along the way.

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*Please note these dates are subject change.

We recommend adding these deadlines to your calendar now.

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