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Preemie Parent Summit – Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN

Preemie Parent Alliance 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.

DEADLINE for submission is 11:59PM CST, Thursday, March 15th, 2018.

Submission Deadline

Materials must be received by the PPA planning committee by 11:59 PM CST on March 15th, 2018. No extensions will be granted. Acknowledgement that materials arrived on time will be sent via email.

The Submission Process

All Abstracts are to be submitted through our on-line abstract submission system.

Abstracts should specify:

  1. The problem, issue, or gap being addressed in the presentation
  2. Why this topic is of importance to our audience (90% leaders of NICU support organizations 10% healthcare providers, professionals & industry)
  3. What the audience will gain from the presentation
  4. At least two literature references to support the content of presentation

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 May 1st, 2018 with your presentation date and time. This notice is sent to the contact person for each presentation and/or to the panel organizer. The contact person is asked to share the information with the other author(s).

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.

Research & study participation 101 for family advocates – how families can make meaningful contributions to research

Policy and regulation for family advocates

Peer Mentor Program – how to design & run the program, how to train mentors

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

Maternal mental health and where family support services fit