Decision to postpone the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

 

TO: Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health Registrants

FR: Warren J. Ferguson, MD, Conference Director

RE: Decision to postpone the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

 

Due to the significant COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on public health, we have decided to postpone the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. The conference will now take place on Thursday and Friday, June 25-26, 2020, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel.

 

Here are some answers to questions you may have.

 

Why postpone?

Containment of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is a public health priority. Many individuals infected in the U.S. have contracted the virus through exposure at conferences and business meetings. Additionally, many educational and government institutions have established domestic and international travel bans, and we expect others to be announced this week.

 

Why June 25-26 as opposed to other dates?

We are fortunate that the hotel is willing to work with us to reschedule rather than to cancel outright. Due to other events scheduled there, we have a limited selection of dates available.

Recognizing that many families schedule vacations in July and August, we decided not to consider those months. Waiting until September – the start of the academic year for many of us – creates other logistical complications. Most institutions have travel bans of 30-60 days, so we anticipate travel to resume by the end of June.

 

Will the program be the same?

Both our keynote and plenary speakers are available for the June dates. We are optimistic that the rest of the conference program will remain mostly intact, but we do recognize that some presenters may have conflicts that will prevent them from participating. Once we have more information regarding the program, we will inform you of any changes.

 

What do I need to do to change my registration and hotel reservation?

We will automatically update your conference registration. The hotel has canceled all existing reservations for the April dates. To reserve a room for the rescheduled June event, please visit the 13th ACCJH Academic & Health Policy Conference hotel booking site. The room rate will be the same $175 per night and will be honored from June 22 through June 27.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing you in June in North Carolina.