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Improvement Palooza 2022: Families as the Foundation of High Quality, Inclusive NICU Care

CPQCC’s third annual Improvement Palooza ("IP2022") was designed to help teams center NICU families as vital partners in their infant’s care. Attendees learned how family-centered care (FCC) leads to better NICU outcomes and improved patient and family experiences. Held in conjunction with the 2022 CAN Cool Topics in Neonatology Meeting, CPQCC’s Improvement Palooza 2022 was an incrediblee event that helped NICU teams empower parents as critical members of the NICU team.

Sarah DiGregorio | Keynote Speaker

Families Are Essential Caregivers

Sarah DiGregorio is the author of Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human. She is a freelance journalist who has written on health care and other topics for the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate and others. She is at work on a forthcoming book on the cultural history of nursing, for HarperCollins. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her daughter and husband.

Family Panel

The family panel session includes NICU parents from across the nation. Panelists will share their personal experiences in the NICU and highlight key strategies to empower parents as critical members of the NICU team. Attendees will take away useful approaches to partnering with NICU families. The panel will be held from 8:45 am-10:00 am. We encourage NICUs to invite their NICU families to attend IP2022. Families will get the opportunity to hear firsthand from other NICU parents about the crucial role of family-centered care in the NICU and the importance of the parent voice. CPQCC will cover the registration fees for the first 25 families* that are registered. Please contact Courtney Breault directly to register your NICU family. 
*Limit one free family registration per NICU. 


Click on the agenda below for a detailed look at the exciting content we have planned for IP2022.

Virtual Conference Access Instructions

All registered attendees will receive an email from the conference platform with a link to access Improvement Palooza on March 4th. The email will come from on Monday, February 28th, and again on Thursday, March 3rd. The emails will contain a unique username and password tied to your registration. Please check your spam folders if you do not see the email in your inbox.  The meeting platform is best viewed with Google Chrome, Firefox, or new Microsoft Edge browsers. If you need assistance with accessing the platform or do not receive the email, please reach out to

Mar 4, 2022, 8:00am to 4:00pm