As part of NAVREF’s mission to advance the success of the VA-affiliated research and education corporations, we host an annual conference and several workshops throughout the year. These meetings are essential opportunities to learn best practices, engage your peers, and build connections. However, we are also committed to the health and safety of our members, and we are always vigilant about monitoring the local conditions where these events are held.
COVID-19 is a developing situation and, like all of you, we are monitoring it closely. We are continuing to confidently plan for the NAVREF Annual Conference September 13-16, 2020 in Washington DC, the NPC Essentials Workshop April 16-17, 2020, in Denver, and a potential Grants Management Workshop in July 2020. We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel either of the scheduled events.
We remain in close contact with hotel representatives on sanitary, health, and other measures that should be in place at the facilities hosting these events. We continue to monitor guidelines from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other pertinent public health organizations as part of our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment. As part of our balanced approach, we are also evaluating our options for virtual presentation should this option be needed.
Members are advised to check the NAVREF website. We will update it regularly as the situation evolves and make sure it contains links to reliable public health resources.
We look forward to seeing some of you in Denver and all of you later this year in DC!
Links Updated as of March 10, 2020:
Colorado COVID-19 Information: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/environmental-health/news/coronavirus-info.html
CDC COVID-19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
WHO COVID-19 Information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019