More than 100 people attended NHF’s Spring Summit workshop May 15-16, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. The National Hemophilia Foundation co-hosted the meeting with Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc.
Workshop highlights included:
On Friday, chapter volunteers and staff participated in a training to learn evaluation skills and share best practice, outcome-based programs. Participants learned more about Woman-to-Woman, family weekend events and emergency assistance programs. Michelle Rice, Dawn Rotellini and Kathleen Roach, NHF’s Regional Directors of Chapter Services, facilitated small breakout groups to help participants share ideas and create action plans. The day concluded with a warm welcome reception enjoyed by all.
Saturday morning, chapter volunteers and staff were joined by HTC providers and local consumers to learn about and participate in sessions on wellness and disaster preparedness in the bleeding disorders community. The morning focused on NHF’s national physical activity programs: Fit for All and Team Hemophilia. They were followed by a talk on the “How of Eating,” dealing with food struggles. Everyone was then encouraged to participate in one of three physical activities: strength training, Wii Fit™ or yoga. The activities got everyone active and on their feet. Following lunch, NHF’s Disaster Preparedness Task Force divided participants into smaller groups to walk through an exercise on emergency preparedness. HTCs and chapter staff, along with consumers, discussed and planned how they would prepare and respond to an outbreak of pandemic flu. Following the breakouts, up-to-date information was shared about how the H1N1 virus (swine flu) could affect the bleeding disorders community.
NHF extends its heartfelt thanks to our host chapter, Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc., and to Shannon Veronesi, Health Educator, who helped plan and implement a successful NHF Spring Summit 2009.
Thank you to our sponsors CSL Behring and Wyeth for their generous support.