October 16-18, 2020

Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN

DEADLINE for submission is 11:59 PM CST Monday, April 20, 2020

NICU Parent Network is a national network of parent-led organizations that provide support to families with infants in the NICU. Our members are leaders in the maternal-infant health community and are committed to representing the needs and best interests of NICU families in all facets of healthcare policy, care guidelines, advocacy, education, and family support.

Each year, we bring NICU parent leaders, providers, and stakeholders together to create opportunities for collaboration, to share best practices and explore the current topics affecting neonates and their families.

We welcome participation from anyone with an interest in NICU families, from all professional & personal backgrounds – including organization executives & staff, consultants, providers, and policymakers.

Abstracts MUST be submitted online and be relevant to organizations serving the NICU family community.

The Submission Process

All Abstracts are to be submitted through our online submission system

Submission Deadline

Materials must be received by the NPN planning committee by 11:59 PM CST on May 1, 2020. No extensions will be granted. Acknowledgment that materials arrived on time will be sent via automatic email confirmation.

Your abstract MUST address the following:

  1. Why your topic is relevant to the audience of NICU support organization leaders.
  2. How the information can be used by our audience in their work supporting & advocating for NICU families.
  3. How your topic relates to the Summit theme “Connection, Clarity, Compassion”.
  4. How understanding your topic will help elevate the voice of the NICU parent and enhance the professional development of our attendees.

Your topic must be free of commercial bias. If you are highlighting a successful program run by your organization you MUST be willing to provide details on how to replicate this program by other organizations. You MUST also provide statistical (qualitative or quantitative) proof of concept and effectiveness.

The Review Process

Abstracts will be reviewed and rated based on the relevance and quality of the topic, the ability of the submitter to follow all guidelines, the clarity with which the content is written, and the relevant literature supporting the topic as appropriate.

Critical Points: Please Read This Section Carefully:
ALL abstracts submitted will be considered by a blind review. Please remove all personal identifying information from the text of your abstract.

All abstract submissions must follow the guidelines and contain all information as requested.

Limit of two abstracts per organization may be submitted. If submitting a panel presentation only one abstract for the panel should be submitted.

If your abstract is accepted and you agree to present it, you must register for the summit to guarantee a place on the program.

Your presentation date and time will be assigned by the program planning committee once all approved abstracts are confirmed. The committee will make every effort to accommodate scheduling requests as needed for extenuating circumstances, but cannot guarantee the requests will be honored.

Abstract Selection & Notification

The Planning Committee will meet to select abstracts and to finalize the summit program. For each accepted abstract, the Planning Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule.

If your abstract is accepted for presentation, you will be notified via email by June 30, 2020, with your presentation date and time. This notice is sent to the contact person for each presentation and/or to the panel organizer.

Abstract Topic Ideas

Below are examples of topics of interest to our audience. This list is for illustrative purposes and are in no way exclusionary in nature.

Legislative update – what impacts NICU families? What do we need to know as NICU parent professionals?
Managing staff & volunteers/being an inspiring leader, not a task manager
Policy and regulation for family advocates
What is happening in other parts of the world related to family support?
Maternal mental health and where family support services fit
FICARE – what is it? How can my organization support it?
NIDCAP – what is it? How can my organization support it?
Peer Mentor Program – how to design & run the program, how to train mentors, train the trainer
Business practices for small organizations, running a nonprofit is still running a business
Building media relations
Capitalizing on your organization’s story to increase media exposure
Best practices for supporting families post NICU, setting and maintaining boundaries
Legal considerations when working with families in crisis, nonprofit law, employment law for nonprofits, liability considerations
Cultural sensitivity & diversity training – including dialogue and outreach strategies
Working together: increase involvement and develop stronger connections
Marketing, communications, and branding
Grant writing and where to find grants
Fundraising, diversifying revenue streams, finding revenue streams in unlikely places