Innovation and participant flexibility will be hallmark of new event
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has announced that the in-person 2020 Interdisciplinary Conference (IDC) that was scheduled for October 12-14 in Little Rock, Arkansas will not be held as originally designed. NHPCO will instead deliver a Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference that will take place over a three-week period, October 12-30, 2020.
The health and safety of conference attendees, exhibitors, faculty, and staff led NHPCO leadership to conclude that cancelling the face-to-face meeting was the safe and responsible action. Many stakeholders are involved in making the annual IDC an important professional development offering for the community and NHPCO extends its appreciation to all those who have traditionally provided time and support in the past.
“While we look forward to a time when we can re-convene the hospice and palliative care community face-to-face, the NHPCO staff is exercising its creativity and imagination to deliver a virtual event different from anything we have done before,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.
The Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference will take place over the span of three weeks, with the same high-quality content and opportunities to engage that were planned for Little Rock. The conference will include live programming and on-demand content. There will be more than 60 hours of content, falling within seven learning tracks, as well as opportunities for participants to network and connect with colleagues from across the country and NHPCO staff. Additional downloadable resources that can be viewed off-line will also be available.
The Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference will include a virtual exhibit hall that will allow participants to meet and connect with a wide variety of vendors and service providers.
For individuals or organizations who had already registered to attend or exhibit at the face-to-face IDC that was set for Little Rock, they will be receiving a separate, detailed communication about options to participate in the Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference.