ImproveCareNow Community Conferences happen twice a year. While the community works together across the miles throughout the year, these conferences provide an in-person 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.

In just one week we will welcome over 300 patients, parents, clinicians, researchers, improvers, collaborators, and supporters to the Spring 2017 Community Conference in Dallas, TX and we hope you’ll join us too.


Check out our conference agenda! In ImproveCareNow we have a motto: all teach, all learn, which we really take to heart. As you review the agenda, notice that 12 sessions have been proposed and developed by members of our community, including patients and parents (hint: look for the tiny ICN logo). These sessions represent the interests and experience of our community, which they are committed to sharing and spreading so others in ImproveCareNow can benefit.

Patients and parents are not only attendees at our Community Conference, they are also presenters, facilitators, and co-designers.

Patient Advisory Council members will be facilitating and co-presenting:

  •  The Patient Community: Working For and With You to Improve Care Now
  •  Thriving in Transition From High School to College

Members of the Parent Working Group will be facilitating and co-presenting:

  •  Lessons From Parent Leaders: Building and Sustaining Parent Partnership at ImproveCareNow Centers
  •  Understanding the Science and Requirements of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

We are looking forward to working together to develop new tools for our community to use. Here's a sneak peek at what we're preparing to co-produce during our first ever collaborative design sessions!


So, as you consider what you're most excited to learn more about, and think about the questions or insights you want to share with our community, we encourage you to connect with @improvecarenow on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook & join the Community Conference conversation no matter where you are! As we Celebrate Our First Decade together, we’re excited to be launching a special video featuring friends of ImproveCareNow. Look for it on Saturday 4/29.   

Our Spring 2017 Community Conference hashtag - #ICNCC17S - was created via Symplur and the Healthcare Hashtag Project, which is aimed at connecting the dots in healthcare social media. By including #ICNCC17S 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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