Oct 15 2020

9th National Conference

National Conference Thursday, October 15, 2020
October 15-17, 2020
Location Radisson Blu Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Drive Bloomington, MN 55425
Announcement (April 23, 2020):

Thank you for your interest in ACHA’s 9th National Conference. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our registration is currently suspended as we work through possible scenarios for this event, keeping with the same time frame of October 15-17. The safety of our attendees is of utmost importance, and we hope to share an announcement of any changes to the conference format in June. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact info@achaheart.org.


ACHA offers our unique 9th National Conference, from October 15-17, 2020, with three separate educational tracks that anyone registered can attend. The Patient/Family Conference offers attendees the chance to hear the latest information about managing their disease from top national congenital heart specialists. It is also a great opportunity to meet others with CHD and to give and receive support. The Research Symposium brings together top international congenital heart researchers working to move the CHD field forward by developing new treatments for CHD. The Health Professionals Conferences is an opportunity for health professionals with a primary focus on ACHD to strengthen their skills and learn about new strategies for treating their patients and improving their quality of life.


There are three different tracks associated with the National Conference: Patient/Family, Provider and Research. ACHA encourages ACHD patients, family members, teens and young adults diagnosed with congenital heart disease to attend the conference. We also invite ACHD doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, fellows and residents to attend as well.


The ACHA National Conferences offers attendees an opportunity to meet others who are affected by CHD through educational sessions and networking opportunities. Some previous conference offerings included the latest research and educational topics; opportunities to interact with medical providers; panel discussions from the patient viewpoint; and educational lectures about specific defects, self-advocacy, legislative advocacy, newer medical therapies, complementary therapies, 3D printing options, preparing for surgery, family planning/contraception, the challenges and gifts of having a loved one with CHD, navigating insurance, and more.


Marketing and Exhibit Opportunities:

Click here to learn more about the marketing and exhibit opportunities available for this event.


Daily Details:

October 15: Evening educational programming, light appetizers

October 16: Educational programming all day, breakfast and lunch served, dinner on your own

October 17: Educational programming, Minnesota Walk for 1 in 100, breakfast and lunch served, dinner and Halloween/dance party

We will also have research posters displayed for the duration of the conference.


Minnesota Walk for 1 in 100

We invite conference attendees to participate in the Minnesota Walk for 100, which will take place inside the Mall of America on Saturday morning. Click here to learn more and register. Those who do not wish to walk can network with some ACHA staff and board members at that time. 


Confirmed Sessions:

Patient Family:
  • Palliative care in ACHD
  • Peer tips (new this year)
    • Parents raising a child/young adult with CHD
    • Helping your child/children cope with your CHD
    • Preparing for surgery
    • Tips for the newly diagnosed
    • Managing romance
    • Managing devices (pacemaker, ICD, etc.)
  • Aging with CHD: Common issues for older (40+) patients
  • Pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy, children, not having children, etc.
  • My Heart is Not Alone series: Lungs, liver, brain, kidneys, and more
  • Bridging the gap between patients and providers
Medical Providers:
  • Strength in numbers: Advancing the care for adults with CHD through multicenter research
  • Innovations and advances in the field: Emerging technology’s impact on ACHD care and research
  • ACHD research in review
  • ACHD psychosocial needs and the role of palliative care
  • Single ventricle fontan discussions



The Radisson Blu is connected to the Mall of America. For more information, click here. 

Convenient flights to the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport from several carriers including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Spirit and United Airlines. 

The hotel is approximately 6 miles away from the airport and has a free shuttle service for all conference attendees.

Every participant will receive a free coupon book for the Mall of America courtesy of the Bloomington Visitor Bureau. Our conference space is steps away from coffee shops, entertainment, shopping and other exciting stores to supplement the conference experience.


Radisson Blu Hotel Reservations:

Click here for the booking link for ACHA's 9th National Conference. The rate of $179 per night plus taxes is available for October 14-19, 2020. You simply need to add your arrival and departure date. The block is available through September 30, 2020, or until it sells out—so be sure to book early!

You can also enter the Promotional Code: ACHANA on the main Radisson Blu website or call toll free at 800.333.333 and request the ACHANA rate. 


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