NAHAC National Conference 2013
NAHAC was launched in August 2009 and has grown to over 360 members from the original 24. We became a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization in 2011. During this short time, we have held four national conferences, developed a Code of Ethics, created a virtual library for members available on the NAHAC website, offered a monthly educational teleconference with top-notch presenters, and as of January 2013, launched a monthly Roundtable discussion.
Our four national conferences have been tremendously successful and provided participants with exceptional educational and networking opportunities. Yet, to produce a national conference of this caliber and quality requires an extraordinary amount of time, work and money. NAHAC does not have any paid staff nor have we in the past used paid conference planners. These outstanding conferences were conceived, planned and executed by each successive NAHAC Executive Committee and a small group of dedicated volunteers who collectively dedicated many hundreds of hours to bring them to you.
After careful consideration, the NAHAC Board has decided to try a different approach in 2013. We will focus our time, money and manpower on the following priorities: to develop a Code of Best Practices for healthcare advocates; to improve our online visibility by redesigning and offering more content on the NAHAC website; to develop a social media presence; to build strategic alliances with other organizations; to produce more content for our members and the public; to strengthen our committees with dedicated NAHAC members who want to reach these goals. The only way we can make a dent in these strategic goals is to forego planning a national conference in 2013.
We hope to host our next national Conference in November 2014 and are exploring possible venues. By way of background, the first conference in 2009 was in Berkeley, CA; the 2010 conference was in Washington, D.C.; the 2011 conference was in Berkeley, CA; and the 2012 conference was in Boston, MA.
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