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

The month of April is recognized in the United States as National Minority Health Month, a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. We will focus on achieving this goal in our work by 1) Actively including the perspectives of diverse family members on our teams and in our webinars and meetings; 2) Tracking our main outcomes and process measures by social factors of interest so that we can understand the extent that improvements may differ by social factors and intervene, and 3) Encouraging local teams to conduct PDSA cycles that directly address the unique needs of socially disadvantaged groups; 4) Endorsing local diversity and inclusion efforts, and 5) Advocacy at the state level for perinatal health equity.

Resources: I recently published an invited review article focused on the use of neonatal QI to address racial disparities in perinatal care. We used examples from our previous human milk collaborative. There is another great article on a call to action to addressing racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth outcomes. To access both articles, click on the tabs below. 


Meg Parker and The NeoQIC Family Engagement Leadership Team
"Quality improvement approaches to reduce racial/ ethnic disparities in the neonatal intensive care unit"
"Racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth outcomes: a call to action for neonatal providers"
QI Team Spotlight! 
Emerson hospital is located in Concord, MA, and has a level 2 special care nursery. The Emerson Family Engagement QI team is led by Rachel Kradin, a Mother/Baby & Pediatric Social Worker. Within the last six months, the Emerson team has submitted five PDSAs!! These have focused on streamlining their approach to family meetings, access to lactation support, and skin-to-skin care. This work overlaps with 2 of our key drivers-- communication and hands-on-care. AWESOME work Emerson team!! This is incredible work you all are doing!!
Upcoming Webinars
April Family Engagement Webinar 
Wednesday, April 21st from 2-3 pm

Because our family testimonials have been so well-received at our meetings, we have invited a family of color who had their twin babies at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are thrilled that they are joining and sharing their story with us. Please find the agenda and zoom link information below: 

Click here to Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 926 7066 1447
Passcode: 796529

Wednesday, April 21st, 2:00-3:00 pm

Time Session Presenter
2:00-2:10 pm Welcome, Introductions, and Roll Call Meg Parker, MD, MPH
2:10 – 2:15 Family Introduction Molly Fraust Wylie,
NICU Family Program Manager
2:15-2:50 pm NICU Family Testimony
Jheanell and Jerome
2:45-2:55 Q&A  
2:55-3:00 pm Wrap Up Meg Parker, MD, MPH
Mariana Serrano, Program Manager
This is a training tailored to perinatal care providers on implicit and explicit bias sponsored by the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement. “This is an 8-hour training of live virtual interactive learning that outlines quality improvement strategies to support individuals and groups with dismantling racism, providing quality equitable care, and reducing health disparities.”  It is a 2-day training on May 18 and May 25.  The training lasts 4 hours each day.  It is FREE to all Massachusetts perinatal providers.  This program is being supported by the Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts, DPH, and AWHONN Massachusetts.  You can get CNEs.
Project Updates 
The last month's homework form will be due by April 30th, 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). Feel free to use this form moving forward. 
Download PDSA Template
Next Steps 
IRB: Team leads should be working on submitting 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! 

DUA status: Master NeoQIC DUA is ready!! We need to start this process ASAP. We will reach out to team leads on the next steps this week.

Update on Team Rosters: Team leads please send us your updated team rosters to Mariana if you have not done so already.

* In the next few weeks, we will connect with team leads to schedule site visits

Reminder about paper data collection:
  • Hospitals can begin data collection on a paper form if you so choose (all questions will show up on paper without skip logic).
  • Once the DUAs are complete and the REDCap database is finalized, you will have to enter the data from the paper forms into REDCap
  • Data collection will begin for babies admitted at least 1 week up at your NICU/SCN
  • We will initiate data collection on babies admitted after Jan 1, 2021

See you all next month!! 

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