- ACHA Webinar: "Coronavirus and the CHD Patient"
- "Information on COVID-19 and Congenital Heart Disease," from the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium
- CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
- ACHA HeartTalk blog: "COVID-19 and the Impact on ACHD Patients," by Christy Sillman
ACHA Members and Supporters,
We all can agree these are indeed exceptional times for our CHD family, our nation and our global community. While so much is unknown, I hope all of you are actively engaging in the necessary recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many states and municipalities to help keep you and your family healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the latest CDC recommendations and local mandates, I am announcing today that all ACHA in-person events scheduled to take place between now and June 30 have been canceled. These canceled events include:
- Seven Walk for 1 in 100 events scheduled for Philadelphia, Maryland and Virginia in April; New York City in May; and Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver in June.
- The Michigan Regional Conference scheduled for May 2.
- Various CHD Conversations and other small, local events scattered across the country.
At this time, we do not anticipate rescheduling the seven spring Walks or the Michigan Regional Conference in 2020, so that our staff can instead focus on working with our Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and other like-minded organizations on initiatives related to the pandemic. However, we look forward to all these events returning in 2021. We believe the most important role for ACHA right now is to remain steadfast in delivering on our mission of providing timely, accurate information of importance to the CHD community.
To that end, nearly 5,000 of you registered for our webinar Monday night, "Coronavirus and the CHD Patient." For those who may not have been able to join the webinar live, click here to access the recorded session. We are working now to provide additional webinars and other tools, as appropriate, to help you stay abreast of this emerging situation and how COVID-19 might specifically impact the health and safety of the CHD community. Through our network of ACHA ACHD accredited centers, and the dedicated and brilliant leadership of our MAB, we are uniquely positioned to gather information as this situation continues to evolve, and that is what we will strive to do. That is our commitment to you.
Each of the seven Spring Walk for 1 in 100 events have been transitioned to an ACHA Your Way event; this means you can participate in your own time, at your own pace while keeping in line with current CDC guidelines. You can take a solo walk in your community or perform any other activity you choose, on the date originally scheduled—or any other date of your choice. Your individual walker webpages will stay open so you can continue your fundraising efforts for ACHA if you are able.
All individuals who had registered for a spring Walk will receive more information on the updated ACHA Your Way options soon, and we will also post updated information on our website and social networks. We will also update Michigan Regional Conference registrants on the rescheduled 2021 date.
As of now, we have not changed any plans for our fall events, including our 9th National Conference and the seven Walks scheduled between August and November. We will continue to monitor the situation, including the most up-to-date information from the CDC regarding gatherings of crowds. As such, we have extended the Early Bird conference registration deadline through at least May 31. You may continue to register for the conference at www.achaheart.org/conf2020.
Please remember to take care of yourself, your families, and each other. Also, keep our amazing medical professionals in your thoughts as they work tirelessly on the front lines for all of us.
Mark Roeder, ACHA President & CEO