While COVID-19 deaths have started to decline significantly in the United States and vaccinations have been increasing every day for several months now, daily case numbers and death rates are still high in many areas across the United States, and emerging variants cast doubts on the safety of hosting large gatherings. Accordingly, after surveying members to measure their plans to attend and engaging in significant discussion, the NPA Board of Directors has made the prudent decision to transition the 2021 NPA Annual Conference, originally scheduled to take place this fall in Miami, to a completely virtual event that will be held Nov. 8-12.

The decision to transition our premier educational conference to a virtual event again this year was not an easy one, but the prioritization of our PACE participants, members and staff takes precedence. We appreciate the willingness of the Fontainebleau Hotel to allow us to reschedule this year’s annual conference to 2023, which mitigates our contractual liability.

While we are disappointed not to be meeting in person this fall, we are still excited to be able to bring you a comprehensive educational event virtually. Having hosted three virtual events over the past year, we are confident that we can deliver high-quality educational programming for everyone through a virtual platform. Building off our very successful Spring Policy Forum held in April, we plan to offer more live sessions, add additional interactive components, including more options for networking with your peers, and provide creative new sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, contact Venise Lewis, senior vice president of Education and Learning at NPA.

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