The NeoQIC Family Engagement Collaborative brought together Level II and III SCNs and NICUs for 3 years to integrate the work already done as part of the Safe Sleep and/or Human Milk collaboratives with an emphasis on increased engagement with families. The collaborative focused on addressing barriers to family communication, increasing access to social supports, increased family engagement in care, and involving parents in NICU structures, and reducing disparities in race/ethnicity or language status. This project was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support project management, data coordination, and conferences.


As with other NeoQIC collaboratives, we included the following structures as part of participation in the collaborative:

  • Quarterly webinars and twice/year in-person (virtual during Covid) meetings with expert speakers
  • Bi-monthly webinars for team sharing on improvements on these important initiatives
  • High-yield (and fun!) didactics on QI methods and family engagement topics
  • Platform for tracking data improvement

If you are interested in participating or have any questions about this collaborative, please contact Dr. Meg Parker (project lead) or Aviel Peaceman (Senior Project Manager).