2013 NPIHC Virtual Summit

This year's annual NPIHC summit took place both in-person and virtual for ease of participation across the country! Events were completely free and open to parents, providers, policymakers, and anyone with an interest in issues of prematurity. Activities included webinars, a live Facebook chat, a networking reception, and an NPIHC team in the March for Babies! Read below for the links to archived presentations and audio for webinars.

Virtual sessions:
  • How Providers Can Empower Parents, Sue Hall, M.D., Medical Director of NICU, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Keira Sorrells, Preemie Parent Alliance, and Laura Martin, Graham's Foundation.

This live Facebook session featured parents of premature infants and a neonatologist in a dialogue about how providers can contribute to the empowerment of parents and families in the NICU. To view the archived conversation, see the NPIHC Facebook page.

  • Collaborating with Legislators to Advocate for Prematurity, Janine Lewis, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition and Representative Robyn Gabel (D), Illinois- 18th District.

Using the recent work in Illinois as a case study, presenters Janine Lewis, Executive Director, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, with Representative Robyn Gabel (Illinois- 18th District), shared the process of collaborating with stakeholders to write and disseminate a report with recommendations on the reduction of premature births at the state level, and discussed best practices on how to engage elected officials and other decision-makers during the process and beyond.

This session detailed the efforts of Pediatrix Medical Group in utilizing what is already known to improve the outcomes of a critically-ill patient population. Dr. Alan Spitzer outlined this evidence based-approach and explained the successes reached using these methods. This presentation is appropriate for anyone in the prematurity community, including parents, physicians, nurses, administrators and policy advocates.

 Thank you to our Summit sponsors: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)