Letter from the Veep: The New Home Care and Hospice Conference Was Designed By You, For You!
Author: Andrea Devoti, Executive Vice President of NAHC
August 22, 2017 06:21 AM
The 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen and you won’t want to miss it! If you have been to previous NAHC conferences and are thinking this one will be just like previous ones, you are in for a surprise. This year NAHC decided to ask you, our members, what you wanted in a conference. You told us and we listened. The result will be a conference and expo like none in the industry.
Beginning in mid-January, volunteer members formed groups and advised NAHC on the direction and content of the conference, inundating us with clever ideas and observations. These NAHC members formed a diverse group, with representation from urban and rural agencies, as well as executives, managers, clinicians, human resources, private duty, vendors and more. With their input we soon identified problem areas in our conferences and devised solutions. To provide but three examples:
Problem: Too much content overwhelmed attendees.
Solution: We have reduced the number of classes from 75 last year to 46 this year, making it easier for attendees to see the full course offering and decide between classes.
Problem: Not enough time for networking
Solution: We ended the classes earlier in the day, allowing attendees to spend more time networking, socializing, dining, and exploring the hotel and surrounding city. Attendees will not be as tired and will have more fun. Caregiving is our business and that can be stressful, so we want you to not just learn at your conference, but also enjoy yourselves.
Problem: Too many classes were lightly attended due to minimal interest or duplication.
Solution: The class offerings have been curated by our member volunteers to eliminate courses that are too similar and focus only on topics that generated substantial interest.
We wanted to find a new and interesting way to communicate at the Conference, so we created an “innovations gallery” in the expo hall where 12 poster presentations will provide graphic visual information about everything from clinical compliance and social issues to wound care. You will be able to spend time studying and discussing them with your colleagues and the designers themselves.
As in the past we have a wonderful exhibition hall with many of our associate members and other ‘s in the industry to provide you with the good and services that enable you to provide the Quality care that our industry and your agencies are famous for. And there will be new areas for you to relax and network quietly with your peers.
Finally, we selected a theme for your conference: Quality. This is Quality of Care, Quality of Work, and Quality at Home. This led us to three keynote speakers to address those topics – Laura Adams, Juliet Funt, and John O’Leary. You will learn more about them in an upcoming edition of NAHC Report, but – trust me – you won’t want to miss these three inspirational and insightful thinkers.
You can stay up-to-date on the latest developments at your 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo at our blog and, of course, get all the information you need to attend and get the most out of the Conference at the Conference website.
So, please come to Long Beach, California because I want you to see our new and improved Conference – designed by you and for you. You can fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or into the Long Beach airport. LAX is about a 35-minute ride, depending on traffic.
Come spend some Quality Time with us in beautiful southern California.