NJSHA Convention Cancelled
In an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and the patients and students they serve (who may be part of at-risk populations), NJSHA has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NJSHA Convention (and all related activities and meetings), originally scheduled for April 23-24 in Long Branch, New Jersey. This unanimous decision was made by the NJSHA Board of Directors due to concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as to remain in compliance with the state ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. In the face of increasing concerns and the guidance of governmental and health agencies at the international, national, state and local level, the decision was compelled and required.
The Board of Directors appreciates the countless hours devoted to planning for this Convention. We recognize the commitment of our Convention committee, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and management and acknowledge the disappointment we all share in not being able to continue as planned. However, the need to cancel became apparent considering the developments over the last few days, growing travel restrictions worldwide, and increasing concerns expressed by attendees, presenters and exhibitors.
We ask for your patience as we work through policies and procedures with respect to registration and determine next steps. We have many details to address and will need some time to identify answers for you. We hope that this preliminary announcement can help you plan accordingly and to adjust your travel arrangements. We will reach out with as much information as possible in the days and weeks ahead. Our priority now is communicating that the 2020 Convention is cancelled.
Our Association has faced changes and challenges in the past, and we will do so again, together, as we continue to work to help others. The Board of Directors, Convention and Continuing Education committees and management are now beginning the hard work of determining what alternatives we can offer in other formats at a different time.
Thank you for your ongoing support of NJSHA.