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What does it mean for AIHce to go "virtual?"
As you may have read, our original goal was to provide a hybrid experience so we could come together both in-person and virtually. We made great strides in planning numerous safety protocols for the in-person experience, and the conference's educational opportunities featured an expanded hybrid option, which allowed for live audience participation regardless of the participant's physical location. However, with the slow roll-out of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, we've heard from many members that they are not able or willing to travel before receiving it.
As such, the AIHA staff and Board of Directors have decided to, once again, convert this year's EXPerience.
That means: all the things you know and love about AIHce are available to you from the comfort of your home or office.
BONUS: Your virtual full registration still includes post-event access to OnDemand session recordings until December 31, 2021!
Select Professional Development Courses (PDCs) will also be held virtually.
Why didn't you move the conference to the Fall instead?
The most crucial consideration that prohibited us from moving the conference to the Fall is speaker availability. Many have participation approvals from their organizations. There were also financial considerations. As you can imagine, with a multi-million dollar event for which planning is started years in advance, almost any change is fraught with complications. As we speak, staff is working through the many contractual and financial ramifications.
What other options were considered?
Like last year, the staff team considered:
- a) continuing to host the event in-person/hybridly in Dallas;
- b) changing the date of the conference to a period later in the Fall; and,
- c) canceling the conference altogether.
The team felt the most appropriate option was to shift to virtual, as that enables us to offer the content you need to stay abreast of thh latest OEHS research and practice, as well as earn contact hours you need for recertification.
What are my options if I was planning to attend in person?
Anyone who is already registered to attend in-person will automatically be converted to the virtual conference. You don’t have to do anything… everything will take place behind the scenes, and you will receive communication when your registration has been converted.
What if I want a refund and don’t want to attend virtually?
That is certainly something you can do, but you will miss out on the exceptional education that will keep you on the cutting edge of your work. Also, no other conferences offer as many OEHS education contact hours as AIHce EXP (up to 18) or with the breadth of OEHS and IH-specific topics. Lastly, there will be processing fees you will have to pay if you want a refund. Truly, we think your best option is to get great education, in the topics and tracks most valuable to you, at
the virtual conference.
Why are you not deferring registration fees like you did when AIHce EXP converted to virtual in 2020?
In keeping with best accounting and auditing practice, we need to separate the financials for the two meetings. Last year, we made an exception to the best practice given the circumstances and timing of the shift.
Will AIHce EXP 2022 be in Dallas since it was not this year?
No, AIHce EXP 2022 will be held in Nashville, TN, May 23-25, 2022.
AIHce EXP Schedule
The 2021 schedule is robust, featuring myriad educational and networking opportunities to empower you as an OEHS leader.
- Professional Development Courses (PDCs) will be held Saturday, May 22; Sunday, May 23; and Thursday, May 27.
- The conference itself will be Monday, May 24 through Wednesday, May 26. Education sessions will be one (1) hour-long with time in between for continued conversation, networking, and transition time to the next activity.
- The Expo will be open Monday through Wednesday throughout the day, and each day the schedule offers dedicated Expo time to allow you to visit exhibitors, attend Learning Pavilion sessions, or catch up on other content we've recorded in the OnDemand library in the virtual platform.
- Additional activities including health and wellness activities, pop-up education, the CareerAdvantage Fair, and posters will be available Monday through Wednesday.
- Committee and volunteer group meetings will be held virtually as well during the week of conference and in the weeks immediately before and after.
When are the general sessions?
There will be two general sessions: Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon, both scheduled on Central Time. These energizing sessions offer insights into high-level issues faced daily by leaders.
That depends on whether you’re participating in PDCs or not. There are half-day, full-day, and two-day PDCs on Saturday and Sunday. The conference itself begins bright and early Monday morning with the opening general session at 8:00 a.m. Central Time.
Your AIHce EXP registration (full conference) includes access to all the education sessions, plus the General Sessions, pop-up education, health and wellness activities, and more. You’ll be able to attend the Expo Hall, Learning Pavilion sessions, poster sessions, and committee and volunteer group meetings throughout the conference. You’ll also receive access to AIHce EXP OnDemand after the conference (through December 2021).
No. The rates have been consistent from 2017 through 2020.
You are eligible to receive up to 18 contact hours (or up to 3 CIH CM credits) for attending the conference from Monday through Wednesday. You can earn additional credit for PDCs and OnDemand sessions. See the PDC descriptions and OnDemand instructions for amounts.
AIHce EXP OnDemand
It takes 4 to 6 weeks after AIHce EXP to prepare the recordings for viewing. When they are ready, you will receive login instructions that will allow you to access the library of session recordings from AIHce EXP 2021. At the conclusion, you’ll be asked to complete an evaluation and submit for credit. Detailed instructions will be sent along with the login instructions.
You can earn contact hours for each additional session recording you watch as long as you follow the procedure for submitting for credit explained in the instructions. You will have access to these recordings through December 31, 2021 and can view as many as you’re interested in.
If you booked housing in the AIHce block as part of your registration, the AIHA team will cancel the reservations for you. You do not need to do anything.
If you booked reservations on your own (not during registration) - even if the reservations are in a hotel in the contracted block - you must cancel the reservations yourself. AIHA cannot assist with this.