Travel Grants for National Meetings
Travel Grants for National Meetings
VHF is pleased to offer travel grants to attend national meetings. National meetings enable our community to come together and exchange information on a wide variety of topics, from the basics of diagnosis to the most relevant developments in treatment and technology. It is the premier opportunity for networking and support for individuals and families affected by inherited bleeding disorders.
NHF’s Washington Days is an opportunity for people affected by bleeding disorders to advocate for issues that are important to them. In 2020, Washington Days had more than 450 volunteer advocates from 45 states that met with legislators and staff to discuss federal funding for bleeding disorder programs and access to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). » Go here to learn more
When is NHF BDC 2021? NHF’s BDC will be held August 26 – 28.
Will the conference be held in-person or virtually? BDC 2021 will be held online in a fully virtual environment, in view of the present-day realities and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health precautions and travel restrictions. The virtual conference will offer many of the same great educational and networking features as our past conferences, only participants will join in from across the US and around the world through their computers and mobile devices instead of in person.
BDC 2021 will feature more than 90 educational sessions, poster abstract presentations, industry symposia, networking and social events, and exhibits. A lineup of dynamic speakers will provide essential information and insights on the evolving landscape in this exciting new era of treatment for hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and rare bleeding disorders. Some sessions not to miss this year include the VWD pre-conference workshop, gene therapy, health insurance navigation, telemedicine, mental health and wellbeing, and new developments in 2021. Finally, the NHF 2021 Awards Ceremony will recognize outstanding leaders of the bleeding disorders community whose achievements and contributions have helped transform treatment and care.
When is Symposium 2021? Symposium 2021 will be held October 18-28.
Will the conference be held in-person or virtually? Originally set to take place in San Antonio in October of 2021, the annual conference is being reimagined for a virtual event. HFA’s concern for the safety of attendees, speakers and volunteers, along with travel restrictions still in place for vendors, HTC staff, exhibitors and session speakers, and the continued unknown of any future changes due to the ongoing pandemic led the executive committee and staff to make this decision.
This beloved family event has become known as a national “family reunion” for the bleeding disorders community, allowing community members, their families and caregivers to come together for camaraderie and education, and the decision to move virtual again in 2021 may be difficult news for community members looking for that personal connection. HFA has formed a mental health task force to continue addressing the concerns of the bleeding disorders community around depression, anxiety and the personal disconnect some may be feeling due to the pandemic. The organization will continue to host monthly opportunities for blood brothers and blood sisters to connect through Zoom chats, as well as webinars and virtual sessions on a variety of topics to continue to keep the community connected and provide the latest education.
As planning for the 2021 Virtual Symposium continues, HFA will make announcements on its website, social media channels and emails.