Fall 2017 Community Conference:

Dear Improvers,

We are thrilled you will be joining us at the Fall 2017 Community Conference in Chicago on September 7-9, 2017, where we will share new and innovative approaches to improving care as we continue to “Go Far Together. We have attached the DRAFT agenda to this message. As always, we will share the final agenda and breakout selection guidance once CME/CNE credit is finalized.

What Do We Want To Accomplish?

Whether you have been part of ImproveCareNow for years or are just now joining our efforts, you will have a chance to learn, teach, and collaborate as we:

  • Collect and share strategies to support improvements in care and outcomes for pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)—ranging from those who are newly diagnosed to those transitioning to adult care
  • Apply quality improvement (QI) methods to improving care for pediatric patients with IBD
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships and distributed leadership within and across the various roles represented in the ImproveCareNow Community

Next Steps:

As you prpare for the Fall 2017 Community Conference, please do the following:

  • Review and complete the pre-work.
  • Bookmark this page on the ICN Exchange. As in previous conferences, we will be largely paperless.  You will be able to access the conference agenda, presentations and handouts on the ICN Exchange.

An Important Note About Attendance

We will adjourn on Saturday, September 9 at 12PM Central Time. We recognize and appreciate that you are sharing your time with us and therefore are ending at a time that would allow you to return home earlier in the day. Therefore, we strongly urge you to schedule your flight home to allow you to stay until the very end. We are planning an engaging program that requires team participation until noon. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@improvecarenow.org if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback as you prepare for the Community Conference. We are looking forward to seeing you in September and to learning, teaching, and collaborating with you!

Best regards,

The ImproveCareNow Community Conference Team


Team Preparation Checklists

The following checklists outline required pre-work activities that will help participants prepare for the Fall 2017 Community Conference.  If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact info@improvecarenow.org.

Pre-work Activities for the Fall 2017 Community Conference (All teams that have attended a previous ImproveCareNow Community Conference)

Each ImproveCareNow center QI team should complete the Pre-Visit Planning and Population Management Assessment. The results will be shared with the community as part of the learning lab working time and will be used to ensure reliable use of pre-visit planning and population management throughout the network. The assessment should be completed by August 18, 2017.


Pre-work Activities for the Fall 2017 Community Conference (Teams and individuals enrolled in the current QI Fundamentals series)

Each QI Fundamentals team/individual participant should prepare a storyboard to present during the Thursday session using the provided templateMaterials will be provided for you to display your storyboards. Send to info@improvecarenow.org by August 18, 2017 and remember to bring a printed copy with you to the conference.




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