Each year OEHA sponsors annual and regional conferences covering topics which may include food production & safety, waste water disposal, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, disaster response, and other educational seminars as the need arises. The speakers for these educational conferences are recruited not only from Oregon, but also from other parts of the U.S. Speakers come from local, state, federal agencies, universities, and private industries.
The Oregon Environmental Health Association Board has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 conference and reschedule it for 2021. We had hoped to merely postpone the conference until the fall of 2020, but there are still too many uncertainties and constraints to ensure a successful conference. Limitations on gatherings will still be in place for the near future and many agencies may not allow staff to travel. We are proposing a new conference date for the spring of 2021 with the venue still in Bend. All registration fees paid will be credited and transferred to the 2021 conference with the expectation that costs will remain the same. We encourage you to think of your paid 2020 registration as early registration for 2021. If you are unable to attend, please consider sending another representative from your organization. We would prefer exchanging attendees rather than issuing refunds which would necessitate a $30 processing fee. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.
As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 virus is making its presence felt across the globe. Sporting events, concerts and conferences around the country and the world are being canceled or suspended. The Oregon EnvironmentalHealth Association conference planning committee has made the decision to postpone the annual education conference scheduled for March 31 - April 2, in Bend Oregon.
We will be working with the hotel on rescheduling the conference and will be sending information on that in the near future and what happens next. We ask for your patience until we get answers to questions that arelikely on your mind as well.
This committee has spent many hours developing an agenda we are proud of, and all the behind scenes stuff that is required to make a conference. The response from all of you has been gratifying and that makes this so much more difficult for us to do, but we know it's the right thing to do. We are looking forward to sharing this conference with you later this year.