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National Home Care & Hospice Policy Conference and Law Symposium

March 26-29, 2006


Omni Shoreham Hotel


Washington, DC


For more information, go to or call (202) 547-7424.


NAPNAP's 27th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care

"Politics, Policies & Priorities in Children's Health Care"


March 30-April 2, 2006


Washington, DC


For more information, please check the organization's Web site at at


American Society for Pain Management Nursing Conference

March 31-April 2, 2006


Hilton at the Walt Disney


World Resort


Orlando, Florida


Information on this conference, "Imagine the Possibilities: Pain Management for All" is available at the organization's Web site:


Visiting Nurse Associations of America 24th Annual Meeting

April 5-7, 2006


Hilton at the Walt Disney


World Resort


Lake Buena Vista, Florida


For more information, call (617) 737-3200 or visit the VNAA Web site at


2006 Annual Conference, Society of Pediatric Nurses

"The Magic of Pediatric Nursing"


April 7-9, 2006


Doubletree Hotel


Orlando, Florida


For more information, contact the Society of Pediatric Nurses, 7794 Grove Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514; tel: 800-723-2902 (toll free).


Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care and Department of Continuing Education

"Medicine and Nursing Needs Leaders in Palliative Care Education: The Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice"


April 25-May 2 and


November 8-14, 2006


For information about the course requirements, e-mail or visit


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 7th Clinical Team Conference and 1st Scientific Symposium

April 26-28, 2006


Town and Country Resort


San Diego, California


"Today's Education, Tomorrow's Quality Care" is designed for the hospice/palliative interdisciplinary team, and offers an intensive educational curriculum that is created to equip, educate, and excite. For more information, visit and select the "Conferences and Education" page.


Missouri Alliance for HOME CARE 2006 Annual Conference & Home Care Exhibition

April 26-28, 2006


The Lodge of the Four




Osage Beach, Missouri


For more information, contact Missouri Alliance for HOME CARE, 2420 Hyde Park, Suite A, Jefferson City, MO 65109-4731 (telephone: 573-634-7772).


Infusion Nurses Society 2006 Annual Conference

May 6-11, 2006


Reno Hilton


Reno, Nevada


For more information, see the organization's Web site at


1st Nurse Education International Conference

"Developing Collaborative Practice in Health and Social Care Education"


May 14-16, 2006


Vancouver, Canada


View the full program and register now at


Directors of Health Promotion and Education 24th National Conference on Health Promotion and Education

May 23-26, 2006


Washington, DC


"Advancing the National Health Promotion and Education Agenda Through Effective Policies and Practice"


For more information, visit or call (301) 685-3317.


5th National Conference on Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteerism and Caregiving

July 28-30, 2006


Adams Mark Hotel


Denver, Colorado


For more information, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Web site at and select the "Conferences and Education" page.


21st Annual Management and Leadership Conference

September 11-13, 2006


Hilton New York


New York City,


New York


For more information, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Web site at


National Association for Home Care & Hospice 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting

October 14-18, 2006


Baltimore, Maryland


For more information or to register, call our Meetings Department at (202) 547-7424 or visit


Call for Abstracts for the 2006 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 4-8, 2006


Boston, Massachusetts


The American Public Health Association is announcing the Call for Abstracts for the 2006 Annual Meeting to be held November 4-8, in Boston, Massachusetts.


The theme of the meeting is "Public Health and Human Rights." We encourage abstracts in all areas of public health and are also interested in abstracts that focus on the Annual Meeting theme. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must include learning objectives.


All abstracts must be submitted online. An easy-to-use online form will walk you through the process step-by-step. The online site is now open. You will be able to link directly to the abstract submission form through the APHA Web site at or


The deadline for submission of abstracts ranges from February 13 to February 17, 2006, depending on the Section, SPIG or Caucus to which you wish to submit your abstract. All submissions will end at 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time) on the due date listed on the Call for Abstracts.


Secretary Leavitt Releases Guide to Help Individuals and Families Get Informed and Be Prepared for a Pandemic

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the release of "Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families," a new tool to help Americans understand the threat of pandemic influenza and specific actions they can take to protect themselves and their families.


The handbook includes a "Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families" and "Family Emergency Health Information Sheet" to help people gather information and resources they may need. The checklist breaks activities into three categories: "To plan for a pandemic;" "To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection;" and "Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home." Examples of specific preparations include:


* Having any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins;


* Talking with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick or what will be needed to care for them in another home;


* Teaching children to wash hands frequently and appropriately, covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, and modeling the correct behavior;


* Having ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, bottled water and cleaning supplies on-hand for an extended stay at home.



Additional information to help schools, the travel industry and faith-based and community organizations increase their preparedness will be issued in coming weeks. A copy of the "Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families," other checklists and pandemic planning information is available online at