Announcement (July 13, 2020)
The safety of our ACHA event attendees has always been of the utmost importance. With that in mind, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are announcing today that we have rescheduled our 9th National Conference, which will remain an in-person event. We hope you will join us July 8-10, 2021! The conference will take place at the same location—the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. If you already registered for the original conference date, you should have received an email with additional information.
ACHA offers our unique 9th National Conference, from July 8-10, 2021, with two 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 Health Professionals Conference is an opportunity for health professionals with a focus on ACHD to strengthen their skills and learn about new strategies for treating their patients and improving their quality of life. This track also brings together top international congenital heart researchers working to move the CHD field forward by developing new treatments for CHD.
There are two different tracks associated with the National Conference: Patient/Family and Health Professionals. 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.
July 8: Evening educational programming, light appetizers
July 9: Educational programming all day, breakfast and lunch served, dinner on your own
July 10: Educational programming, breakfast and lunch served, dinner and party
We will also have research posters displayed for the duration of the conference.
- 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
- 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 $184 per night plus taxes is available for July 7-12, 2021. You simply need to add your arrival and departure date. The block is available through June 7, 2021, or until it sells out—so be sure to book early!
You can also enter the Promotional Code: ACHANC on the main Radisson Blu website or call toll free at 800.333.333 and request the ACHA National Conference room block.