West Virginia Perinatal Partnership is accepting applications for the Innovations in Perinatal Care Storyboard Competition to be held at the annual Perinatal Summit on Thursday, October 12th and Friday, October 13th, 2017 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West

Storyboards are a great way to engage in conversations around performance excellence. By submitting a storyboard, your organization can showcase a process improvement effort or a successful best practice for others to view throughout the Summit.  Last year we had over twenty boards set up and a wonderful collection of PI projects, services, achievements and innovative ideas.  The conversations and networking around these boards was so great to hear and really fostered the collaborative feeling of the Perinatal Summit.

This year, the Perinatal Partnership will again be recognizing outstanding storyboard submissions, however, we have changed the process for this based on feedback from last year.  This year the boards will be judged by a panel of perinatal experts who do not have a board entered in the competition.  This will help to ensure that the boards are reviewed fairly and based upon the criteria for submission.

Everyone participating in Summit activities will benefit from your success story and learn more about what works in West Virginia to improve the lives of our mothers and babies. Organization Storyboard applications will be taken until Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5 pm. All applications will be accepted for display.

Storyboard Application

Fill out the form below and click “SEND” to submit your Storyboard to Melanie Riley, or just email the information to Melanie.  We need to know how many boards to expect so that we have enough easels arranged and set up.
Submissions must be presented before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017.

    Name (required)

    Organization (required)

    Storyboard Presenter(s) (required)

    Contact Email

    Contact Phone

    Storyboard Title


    Storyboard Guidelines

    Storyboard content should include most if not all of the following:

    • Storyboard title.
    •  Name of the author and other team members and their roles.
    •  Organization name or logo. Describe location, demographics, level of care, number of deliveries, etc.
    •  Problem. One sentence on the issue or opportunity.
    •  Aim. Clearly defined goal statement – what you expected to achieve.
    •  Actions. Outline of your project or details. Describe who the project impacts. Include timelines.
    •  Results. Outcomes (utilize graphs and charts, stories).
    • Lessons Learned. Summary of lessons learned from the work.
    •  Next Steps. Describe next steps including such items as upcoming challenges, mechanisms for tracking and refining progress over time, replicability in other hospitals, and demonstrated sustainability.

    Storyboard display:

    • Storyboard push pins, display boards (30 x 40 inches) and easels will be provided at the Summit on October 11 after 6:30 pm and October 12 before 7 a.m. After receiving your designated display board and easel, you may proceed with assembling your display.  If you choose to design your board and bring it already assembled, please adhere to the size requirement and do not use tri-fold boards.  Since we use easels to display the boards, they need to be consistent in size and design in order to fit our space limitations.
    • Storyboards must fit into the display space (30 x 40 inches) and created from one large poster or a collection of letter-sized sheets. Ten to twelve sheets can fit in the available space – depending on arrangement.
    • Be creative! Creative use of pictures, graphs, text blocks, color, and headlines can attract others to your storyboard and prompt discussion about your message. Try to limit the amount of text and communicate with numbers, graphs or other visuals. There are no limits on font size.
    • Keep it simple. Design for ease of comprehension and readability. Include only critical information.

    Storyboard Presenter/s must:

    • Register and pay as conference attendee/s at the conference rate. There is no fee required to participate in the Storyboard Competition.
    • No more than 2 displays will be accepted from one organization and should be from different practice areas.
    • Agree to be at your storyboard during the breaks identified as “storyboard visitation” on the program.
    • Be present for the awards ceremony. Boards will be reviewed and judged on the second day of the conference with winners announced after lunch that day.


    • Suggested topics – Changes in Breastfeeding Rates, New Approaches to Caring for Moms and Families Experiencing Substance Use, Methods to Assess or Address Patient Smoking, Decreasing Obstetrical Harm, Decreasing Cesarean Sections Rates, Increasing Breastfeeding Rates, or achieving an award or recognition such as SCOPE, Perinatal Excellence, Baby Friendly or other perinatal award.
    • Go online and look for ideas. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s web site has multiple resources www.ihi.org/resources or use ideas from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses www.awhonn.org
    • Talk to your Quality Improvement contacts and teams and consider Performance Improvement Projects you have completed in the last year.
    • Review the 2012 Key Informant Survey located on our website www.wvperinatal.org

    Questions and More Guidance:
    Melanie Riley at 304-691-1978 or rileym@marshall.edu
    Sandy Young at 304-533-6758 or Sandy.Young@thomaswv.org

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