Illinois Premature Infant Health Network (IPIHN)


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The Illinois Premature Infant Health Network (IPIHN) brings together physicians, hospitals and community and health organizations to increase quality health care access for premature infants and their families in Illinois. 

As increased rates of premature births affect more and more families, especially those with lower incomes, IPIHN is examining the resources available to families once they leave the NICU. In their lifetimes, premature infants in Illinois face an increased risk of, among other issues, serious developmental problems, vision and hearing impairment, and chronic respiratory disease.


Currently we have 2 committees operating: with bi-monthly conference calls

  • State Policy

  • Continuity of Care

Please contact Jennifer Epstein at 312-491-8161 x24 for more information.


To become an IPIHN member please click here for a membership form.

In 2009, the IPIHN Network collaborated with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to survey 23 Illinois facilities with Level III neonatal intensive care units. You may download the findings from the survey here.

For more information about policy and advocacy regarding premature infants please visit Preemie Voices.

In 2009 a Prematurity Summit was held in Illinois to consider the issues of continuity of care for premature infants. For a full summary of the summit’s findings click here.


National Premature Infant Health Coalition Video

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Video from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies on Vimeo.


Legislative Event


You are Cordially Invited to a Legislative Event by
Senator Pamela J. Althoff and
Representative Robyn Gabel
Co-Chairs - Prematurity Caucus and
EverThrive Illinois

April 1, 2014
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Springfield, IL
Click here for more details»