The quarterly NICU Consortium Education Programs are are held on the last Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from 9 AM to 11:30 AM with a break between 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM. The Program are in person and by Webinar.  The programs provide opportunities for learning about the needs of premature, medically fragile, and at-risk infants and their families as well as opportunities for networking with other health and early education professionals and family advocates.

Next NICU Consortium Education Program – April 24, 2019
9:00:am to 11:30 am

Constipation in Premature and Fragile Infants 

Shanmuga  Jonnalagadda, MD, Developmental Pediatrics Fellow, The Children’s Hospital Colorado

Therapeutic and nutritional approach to addressing constipation in fragile newborns in the home                                                                                                                                                                       

Kristin Frank, OTR, EI Infant and Feeding Specialist, Kristin J. Frank OTR, LLC

Darja Pisorn RD, CNSC, EI Registered Dietician, Tiny Tummies Nutrition

2019 NICU Consortium Schedule: July 31 and October 30, 2019

The NICU Consortium Partnership

NICU Consortium Partnership Meetings are Open to All

Participation is open to all providers and advocates working families of premature, medically fragile and at-risk infants. Meetings are held three times a year, Winter, Spring, and Fall. To receive information about the NICU Consortium Partnership Meetings, sign up on the Special Kids, Special Care Website under Contact Us and sign up for the newsletter.

2018 NICU Consortium Local County Public Health and Community Contacts

NICU Consortium Membership 2019 Link

NICU Consortium Sponsorship “NICU Consortium Champions” Opportunities


 What is the NICU Consortium Partnership?

The NICU Consortium Partnership is a coalition of local public health staff, early intervention staff, NICU staff, primary care providers and community agencies seeking to promote “a coordinated system of discharge and follow-up for families transitioning home from the NICU” by promoting best practices through education and systems building efforts.

What does the NICU Consortium Partnership Do?

  • Establishes priorities and activities of the Partnership in order to achieve the Partnership’s Mission
    • Convenes the Partnership Meeting every four months to provide updates on community resources and the system building efforts
    • Supports connections among NICU staff, local public health nursing care coordination services, early intervention developmental services, community agencies, primary care providers and parent support groups

What is the Structure of the NICU Consortium Partnership?

The Partnership Leadership Council consists of a Leadership Committee and the chair/co-chairs of four workgroups, a parent representative, and representatives from the community. The four workgroups establish their priorities for 1-2 years and then work together to achieve them, often working in collaboration with each other. Through these efforts, they are providing the foundation and supports system that supports both families in the NICU and home as well as the healthcare providers who care for them.


Leadership Committee
Chair Petora Manetto-Spratt
Co-chair Lisa Hymes
Secretary Carolyn Kwerneland
Treasurer Beth Cole

Workgroup Chairs
Mental Health Emily McNeil
Capacity Building Kristin Frank
Development Evelin Gomez
Family Engagement Natalie Gates

Community Representatives
Parents – Amber Minogue
Physician – Sharon Langedoerfer, MD
Renee Charlifue-Smith, CCC, SLP – JFK Partners