ImproveCareNow (ICN) will move to offering one in-person Community Conference and one Live Online Community Conference (LOCC) each ICN fiscal year. This hybrid conference model will allow the Network to reach and serve a large and distributed community of clinicians, parents/caregivers, patients, researchers & improvers to collaborate and improve care processes and outcomes in pediatric IBD.

The ICN community has benefited from increased and broader participation in our LOCCs over the past several years. We recognize, however, the invaluable connections that are made when we come together in person. We hope that this new model of alternating between in-person and online conferences will enable more participants to engage with each other in the ways that make the most sense for them, to advance our shared mission. We will use these first few years of this new cadence as a test and adapt as needed based on community feedback. 

Kristin Howe, President & Executive Director, ImproveCareNow


Community Conference dates through 2023 have been set and include:

  • Fall 2022 in-person Dallas, TX: September 21-23, 2022
  • Spring 2023 virtual LOCC: April 27-28, 2023
  • Fall 2023 in-person Louisville, KY: October 25-27, 2023

Connect with up-to-date event details and registration links for ICN Community Conferences

Both in-person and Live Online ICN Community Conference formats will offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, as well as part 2 credits toward Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for qualifying clinicians.

Learn about Maintenance of Certification and ImproveCareNow

ImproveCareNow will provide a limited number of scholarships for patient/caregiver/family attendees to join in-person conferences each year. Virtual conference events will remain free for patient/caregiver/family attendees with the hope that this will promote accessibility and open participation.  

ICN community members are encouraged to save the date for upcoming 2023 ICN Community Conferences - dates can be found here and more information will be added to event listings as it becomes available.

Read more about ImproveCareNow Community Conferences on LOOP.


About ImproveCareNow

ImproveCareNow is a Learning Health Network dedicated to transforming care, health and costs for all children and youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD) by building a sustainable collaborative chronic care network. We are enabling patients, families, clinicians and researchers to work together in a learning health care system to accelerate innovation, discovery and the application of new knowledge. We invite everyone interested in getting kids with IBD better right now to join us.

About the ImproveCareNow Community Conference

ImproveCareNow Community Conferences happen twice a year. While our community works together across the miles throughout the year, to transform care, health and costs for young people with IBD, these meetings provide an opportunity to get together and work on developing and spreading 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.

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