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NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative Newsletter
Hello members of the NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative,

The month of May is recognized in the United States as Mental Health Month! Mental health awareness should not be limited to just one month, but it is a great opportunity to highlight the growth and progress we as a society have made in accepting the realities of mental health while also raising awareness of the barriers that still stand in our way.

This past year has been rough...but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as we return to normalcy. For this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to CELEBRATE everything we have overcome this past year and continue to overcome. We want to honor the resilience of our team and the lifesaving work done by our NICU clinicians and nurses! We have attached some mental health resources below for you to share with each other and the families you come across. 


Meg Parker and The NeoQIC Family Engagement Leadership Team
Black Mental Health Resources
LGBTQIA+ Behavioral Health Resources
People with Disabilities : Mental Health Resources
Recommendations for mental health professionals in the NICU
Maternal Mental Health During the Neonatal Period: Relationships to the Occupation of Parenting
QI Team Spotlight! 
South Shore Hospital is located in Weymouth, MA, and has a level 3 NICU. The SSH Family Engagement QI team is led by Neonatalogist and NeoQIC Family Engagement Leadership Team Member -Zuzanna Kubicka and Special Care Nursery and NICU Medical Director - John Fiascone. In 2019, Zuzanna and her team launched a new program called the Family Integrated Care Program also known as FICare at SSH which is an actionable program model in which parents are true partners in their infant’s care, even when in the NICU.

Within the last six months, the SSH team has submitted two outstanding family-centered PDSAs!! These have focused on increasing participation in daily multidisciplinary rounds for non-English speaking families and improving parental social support through support group meetings.  This work overlaps with two of our key drivers-- communication and social support /services. AWESOME work SSH team!! This is incredible work you all are doing!!
Upcoming Webinars
June Family Engagement Webinar 
Wednesday, June 9th from 2-3 pm EST

Next month's session will be dedicated to PDSA breakout sessions and team sharing. There is much work already going on among hospitals and we want to continue to highlight the amazing collaborative QI work that is transpiring. Please find the agenda and zoom link information below: 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 
662 326 8610
Passcode: 5J6bbc

Wednesday, June 9th from 2-3 pm 
Time Session Presenter
2:00- 2:05 pm Welcome Back, Roll Call Meg Parker, MD, MPH
2:05 - 2:10 pm Family Engagement Updates  Meg Parker, MD, MPH
2:10 – 2:50 pm Team Updates- PDSA Breakouts  
  Team sharing  
2:50-3:00 pm Wrap Up and Next Steps
  • Review upcoming dates and next steps for the collaborative
Meg Parker, MD, MPH, Mariana Serrano, Program Manager
Project Updates 
April/May homework forms will be due by June 5th, 2021. This includes working on a PDSA. Please fill out as much as you can on your PDSA, even if it's just part of a new plan or an update to last month’s plan! We truly appreciate all your efforts in helping us to understand your progress. We have also updated our PDSA template form (click on the tab below to download). Please use this form moving forward. 
Download PDSA Template
Next Steps 
IRB: Team leads should have submitted their IRBs if you haven’t done so already

* Please feel free to reach out to us with questions!
* Once your IRB has been approved, please let us know! 

Data Use Agreement (DUA) status: Master NeoQIC DUA has been sent out to teams. Please have your hospital's legal team sign off on this document at your earliest convenience. 

Scope of Work (SOW) status: The SOW has been sent out to team leads. Please sign this form at your earliest convenience. Once signed you will need to send it to your hospital's legal team for signing. Once completely signed, send this form to Mariana Serrano. 

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this process. We are here to help! 

Update on RedCap Data Collection:
  • We are very close to launching our Chart Abstracted and Family Reported Measures surveys on RedCap! 
  • Within the next few weeks, we will send out additional information on how to access RedCap.
  • We will also be scheduling training calls with teams who are ready to start using RedCap! 
More to come next month! 

In the meantime, feel free to review information on our data tracks! 

Overview of “Data Tracks"
The SPEAK UP Champions™ Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias Education you will learn foundational concepts such as the types of racism; historical events and their implications for health equity; social determinants of health, and quality improvement science basics. The SPEAK UP Ambassador Course is the next step on the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement’s SPEAK UP Action Pathway challenging participants to enhance their SPEAK UP Action Plans by engaging in deeper discussions and learning regarding how to mitigate the lingering effects of racism to improve Black maternal outcomes. During this day-long interactive session, participants will expand their expertise in how to become allies and leaders working to dismantle racism with the overarching goal of providing equitable care and eliminating health disparities using quality improvement methods and tools.

Participants will:

Practice how to SPEAK UP
Expand anti-racist work
Design and implement SPEAK UP Action Plan

This program is being supported by the Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts, DPH, and AWHONN Massachusetts.  You can get CNEs.
See you all next month!! 

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