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NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative Newsletter

New Changes and Warm Surprises...

Happy February Everyone!! We are thrilled to share that Aviel Peaceman, the Project Manager for the NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative, welcomed a new baby boy, Ezra Peaceman, weighing 7 lbs 5 oz on 1/19. Aviel, Ezra, and their family are doing well. We are sending love and cheer 
In the meantime, Mariana Serrano has been onboarded to the team and will be filling in her role. Mariana is a passionate BUSPH MPH graduate student interested in supporting pubic health organizations in building capacity to advance health equity and racial justice by redefining reproductive rights into strategies and interventions that improve population health. Feel free to reach out to her at with any questions you may have. She'd love to hear from you! 

Last Month's Webinar 
Dad's/Parnter's View in the NICU: Tips & Support for Fatherhood in the NICU

Last month's webinar focused on NICU Dad and Partner support! We were so grateful to have the opportunity to welcome Alex Zavala to share his story! 

Meet Alex...
Alex is a small business owner, and father to two preemie girls in the Austin, TX area. Alex saw a gap in the support and information that NICU dads receive.   He started The NICU Dad as a resource to help fill this gap. Alex has become an advocate for NICU dads and NICU dad support. He is a peer mentor for NICU dads and hosts some NICU dad groups in some local NICUs. Alex also partnered with Hand to Hold and hosts NICU Dad discussions, a podcast for NICU dads. He has helped bring awareness to what NICU dads experience and the continued support they need. His family is an Ambassador Family for several organizations that offer NICU family support like Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hand to Hold, and March of Dimes.
How can we support?

We as SCN and NICU personals have the opportunity to support and guide these new fathers and partners by acknowledging their role as equal caregivers in conversations as it pertains to their child and ensuring that they the resources they need to feel supported in their role. Alex was so kind enough to share some of his resources. 

 Resources for NICU Dad's and Partners

What about dads? Life after the NICU

How to Survive the First 72 Hours of NICU…as a NICU Dad

For peer to peer mentoring I think Hand to Hold's program is perfect for NICU dads

Dad's View in the NICU: Tips & Support for Fatherhood in the NICU

10 things NICU dads need to know

Facebook Groups:
The NICU Dad Group

NICU Daddies Support Group

Hand to Hold NICU Dads Group

The NICU Dad Discussions Podcast

Additional Resources:
The NICU Dad: A Special Place for NICU Dads 

Dads: premature birth and premature babies

Headspace: Meditation & Affirmations
March's Virtual Conference  
Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3, 2021
This month's virtual conference will focus on "Surviving and Parenting in the NICU with a Physical Disability". We are thrilled to welcome Nicole Lomerson as our keynote speaker! 

Meet Nicole! 
Nicole Lomerson holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She is a NICU parent, as well as a former NICU baby herself, who has cerebral palsy. In addition to being a disability policy analyst and researcher, Nicole is a passionate advocate for disabled parents and their children. She has formerly been a board member of several disability service organizations and nonprofits, and currently sits on the advisory board for the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities at Brandeis University. 
Conference Agenda 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm
Day 1
Time Session Presenter
1:00-1:15 pm Welcome, Introductions, and Roll Call Meg Parker, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center
1:15-2:15 pm Keynote Speaker:
  • Hear directly from a NICU parent on their experience being in the NICU with their baby
  • Share how she cares for her daughter as a person with a physical disability
Nicole Lomerson, MPH
2:15-2:50 QI Education Topic  Meg Parker, MD MPH
2:55-3:00 pm Wrap Up Day 1 Mariana Serrano
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm
Day 2
1:00-1:10 pm Welcome Back, Roll Call Meg Parker, MD, MPH
1:10-1:40 pm Video Interview and Q&A Gaby Cordova Ramos, MD
Boston Medical Center
  Team Updates- Breakouts  
  Team sharing  
2:50-3:00 pm Wrap Up and Next Steps
  • Review upcoming dates and next steps for the collaborative
Mariana Serrano
We look forward to seeing you all there! 
Project Updates 
Thank you to those who submitted their January homework forms and PDSA's!   If you are a team lead and wish to submit your February homework form and PDSA cycle, please contact Mariana Serrano at to resend the REDCap link to the homework form.
Several people had questions about the REDCap status question, which can be left blank for now as this pertains to gaining access to data entry in REDCap once the IRB and DUA processes are complete. We hope to provide you all with an update on the DUA next month. If you have any other questions about submitting the monthly homework form and PDSA cycle, please reach out to Meg and Mariana and we’d be happy to assist you.
The next homework and PDSA Cycles are due by Monday, March 1st, 2021. The homework form only takes a couple of minutes to fill out, and we truly appreciate all your efforts in helping us to understand your progress. 
Wishing you all wellness this month! 

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