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2020 HHC Conference Postponed

Posted by on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Events.

March 10, 2020

Yesterday (3/9/2020), Vanderbilt closed its campus until *at least* the end of March due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), https://www.vanderbilt.edu/coronavirus. As many of you know, many US institutions have now restricted or banned travel to conferences. Given these heartbreaking developments, and with the deepest regret, we’ve been forced to cancel the smaller version of the conference, scheduled for end March.  We hope to create a series of Zoom conversations – will work on that asap once the situation here clarifies a bit.

Please contact the hotels directly *if* your reservation is at Embassy Suites or Hilton Garden Inn – they will still honor the conference rate if you do plan to travel to Nashville.

For Scarritt-Bennett, please contact our MHS admin Brittany Zenge, brittany.zenge@Vanderbilt.Edu. Again, hotel information appears at, https://www.vanderbilt.edu/mhs//2019/09/accommodation-information/

Most major airlines are accommodating changes without charge – please contact them directly as well.

Again, we will host a two day HHC symposium next October 7-8, as the issues of politics and health become ever more urgent as we recover from this remarkable series of events and build better futures. Much of this event will be free of charge, and open to the public

The next full HHC conference will be next Spring, at Penn State.

Again – we are so deeply, deeply sorry that we won’t get to host you for what was sure to be a remarkable set of conversations, engagements, and events. However, this decision was made out of a deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, students.

With gratitude, and in support – Jonathan Metzl and Manisha Mishra, conference co-chairs

 

 

March 4, 2020

It is with deep regret that we write to inform you of the postponement of the 2020 “Politics of Health” Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Our conference leadership team has been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) constantly. The decision to postpone was based on *the latest scientific data being reported, and **the fact that a very large number of attendees at this meeting are coming from CDC level 3 areas, or from institutions that have now restricted or banned travel to conferences. Nashville’s recent tragic tornado also impacted many of our key vendors.

Regarding specifics:

**All individual registration fees will be returned. Please email 2020hhc@vanderbilt.edu to begin that process. We urge your understanding and patience as we process these requests.

**Please contact the hotels directly *if* your reservation is at Embassy Suites or Hilton Garden Inn. A number of key staff at these hotels have been impacted by the tornado, so the wait time may be slightly longer than usual – but please know that they are aware of the situation. For the Scarritt-Bennett Center, we will have details shortly. Again, hotel information appears at, https://www.vanderbilt.edu/mhs//2019/09/accommodation-information/

**Most major airlines are accommodating changes without charge – please contact them directly as well.

**For those with immutable plans or who will already be in Nashville, we hope to host a greatly reduced slate of events, if we are so able – in part because many of the venues/contracts/rooms/materials/etc are already paid for, and also to provide community in these challenging times. At this point and per guidelines, we aim to host *a smaller Keynote Panel on Thursday and *several lectures and discussions on Friday – responding to world health events, led by MHS faculty and students. All formal panels, exhibitions, readings, catering, and the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery party are postponed. Please stay tuned for announcements – these events will be free of charge and open to all.

**We also plan to host a two day HHC symposium in the Fall, on the Politics of Health (large plenary panels and social events) as a lead-in to the Spring 2021 conference  – a time when information about this pandemic will hopefully become more predictable/known, and as the issues of politics and health become ever more urgent as we recover. Dates for this event coming very soon (very likely Oct 7/8 MHS) – much of this event will be open to the public. Unfortunately, we simply will not have the infrastructure to re-host all of the panels on the 2020 program.

**The next full HHC conference will be next Spring, at Penn State.

We recognize that the timing of this decision has significantly inconvenienced many of you. On a personal level – we are so deeply, deeply sorry that we won’t get to host you for what was sure to be a remarkable set of conversations, engagements, and events. However, this decision was made out of a deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, students.

With love and in support – Jonathan Metzl and Manisha Mishra, conference co-chairs

 

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