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 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.

March 29-31 we will welcome more than 200 patients, parents, clinicians, researchers, improvers, collaborators, and friends to the Spring 2019 Community Conference in Dallas, Texas and we hope you’ll join us too.

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:

💙 Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

💚 If You Build it…They will Come – Blueprint for Successful Collaboration and Center Engagement

💙 Mental Health and IBD – Supporting Patients at Home and in Clinic

💚 Engagement and Outcomes: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What’s Working in the Field

One exciting and novel aspect of this Community Conference will be the introduction of the next evolution of our Learning Healthcare System - the Pathway to Mastery. The objective of this new approach is to focus on the outcomes that matter most for patients and parents - Remission and Sustained Remission - and to work together to develop and refine a framework that will provide our ICN centers with content and support that is tailored to their individual performance, strengths and opportunities.

In addition to learning together about the Pathway to Mastery, all Community Conference attendees will spend time working together to share and develop new and innovative approaches to improving care, furthering research, and building community to catalyze improvement in the health, care & costs of young patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Together we will renew our commitment to co-producing care that is timely, proactive and reliable – so that every family child has the very best chance at living a healthy life doing the things they love.

As always, we strive to offer something for everybody at our Community Conferences!

We will once again be offering Part 2 Maintenance of Certification credit for pediatric gastroenterologists, as well as CME/CNE credits for medical professionals attending the Community Conference.

As you consider what you're most excited to learn more about, and think about the insights you want to share with others in our community, we encourage you to connect with us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook & join the Community Conference conversation no matter where you are! We will, once again, be broadcasting several of our sessions on Facebook LIVE, and encourage you to join us!

Currently, we are planning to broadcast LIVE from the following sessions (note: these are subject to change):

💚 Saturday, March 30 at 8am CT - Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

💙 Saturday, March 30 at 8:25am CT – Innovation and Mastery: Reorganizing to Improve, Build Capacity and Generate New Knowledge to Close Gaps in Outcomes

💚 Saturday, March 30 at 2:40pm CT - Engagement and Outcomes: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What's Working in the Field

💙 Sunday, March 31 at 8am CT – ImproveCareNow Research: Inflection Points

💚 Sunday, March 31 at 11:45am CT – Wrap-Up and Happy Trails 🎵

Our Spring 2019 Community Conference hashtag - #ICNCC19S - was created via Symplur and the Healthcare Hashtag Project, which is aimed at connecting the dots in healthcare social media. By including #ICNCC19S in posts and tweets from and about the Community Conference we can generate and share learning and ideas, make connections with our colleagues and community, and spread awareness of ImproveCareNow and IBD.


Missing the Community Conference, or just want more ICN? On May 2, 2019 from 6:00-8:00PM ET we will host a Virtual Community Conference. Join us for part or all of this interactive session to learn more about what ImproveCareNow does, how we co-produce research with patients and parents to improve care for all kids with IBD, and how you can find ways to be involved that matter most to you. Info & RSVP here >>

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