The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) hosted its 58th Annual Meeting at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. More than 2,200 attendees gathered in the “City of Brotherly Love” for this year’s conference—“Opening New Doors”—eager to open new doors of information, education, advocacy and networking. The conference continues to bring together diverse groups of people, from consumers and families of newly diagnosed children to healthcare providers and industry representatives, for the three-day event.
Highlights of the 2006 Annual Meeting included:
New sessions for women and men only. Nationally known humorist, psychologist and author Joyce Saltman, PhD, led women in the “Project Red Flag: For Women Only” session, focusing on the use of humor as a tool to help cope with all aspects of living with a chronic health condition. At the same time men discovered the benefit of small group sharing in the “Just for Men” session led by author, social worker and counselor Ron Potter-Efron, PhD.
Standing-room only crowds for popular topics. This year two Friday sessions drew large numbers of interested people: “Making Our Voices Heard,” which covered the rising cost of healthcare and offered tips on access to care, and “Being Prepared in a Crisis: ‘Survivor: 101,’” which unveiled a new initiative between NHF and Columbia University’s Center on Disaster Preparedness, laying the foundation for action plans at the individual and community levels.
Two-Day Medical Track for Physicians and Researchers in Bleeding and Clotting Disorders. The second annual two-day intensive medical track covered an array of important topics--product choice, management of hemostatic disorders during pregnancy and in the neonate, and the long-awaited results of the Joint Outcomes Study. One of the “hot topics” was a discussion of bleeding assessment tools undergoing study in Europe, the US and Canada.
Nurses, physical therapists and social workers had their own tracks, with sessions on nursing case studies on inhibitors, the upper extremities, and cognitive therapy and its application within chronic illness, respectively
Mark your calendars for NHF’s 59th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, November 1-3, 2007.