In support of our efforts to create a safe environment for our in-person attendees, we have formed a COVID Advisory Team to monitor and share with us the latest science-based information and to guide us in developing our safety protocols.
Understanding that this is an ever-changing situation, this team will be working with us in the months and weeks leading up to the conference, making recommendations and offering solutions.
We have also been monitoring federal, state and local guidance on safety precautions and are in frequent communication with the property’s safety leaders. As new information emerges, we are adjusting our plans with a goal of ensuring a safe learning environment. We will continue to post updates on safety protocols as they are available.
We are thrilled to gather once again with our friends and colleagues at the conference. As health leaders, all in attendance will champion safe practices upheld by science, including being vaccinated.
At the conference, all attendees will:
• Meet with vaccinated peers and celebrate the ability to gather without masks.
• Wear a mask, if they choose to, in addition to being vaccinated.
• Hold the utmost concern for our peers by staying home if we are not feeling well.
When registering for the in-person conference, all individuals will be required to attest to their vaccination status. If not vaccinated, they will be directed to the virtual conference offerings.
Onsite Safety Measures
We are pleased to share that the hosting conference center, the Marriott Hilton Head Island Resort, is currently offering the following safety measures. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please understand that these guidelines may change to reflect the most current safety standards.
Enhanced Cleaning: The Marriott has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, particularly in areas with high traffic including restrooms, elevators, and common spaces. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the resort. Guest rooms are sanitized prior to your arrival.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Staff members will wear face coverings while in indoor public areas. The restaurant, bar and valet staff as well as housekeepers will wear gloves at all times. However, if a hotel employee has provided vaccination proof, they are not required to wear a mask.
Room Service: The room service cadence will occur after every four days unless otherwise specified, whether cleaning is required more or less often. Extra bath amenities are available upon request. Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival. If you wish to receive daily housekeeping refresh service, please let us the Marriott’s guest services team know. They will be happy to schedule service according to your preferences.
Meeting and Public Spaces: Plexiglass is in place for buffets, the gift shop and at the front desk. Bottled water is used in lieu of water stations. Each meetings space is sanitized prior to arrival. Masks are available for guests upon request. There is a touchless check-in/check-out option.
Sara S. Johnson, PhD
Conference Chair, Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference;
Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, MA
Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM
Medical Director, Employee Health Plan, Cone Health/Triad Health Network;
Medical Advisor, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions;
Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina – Greensboro; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Richard Safeer MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM
Chief Medical Director Employee Health and Well-being, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH
CEO, Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute